4th Annual Give A Kid A Lift Named Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September 2014

Today, we celebrate the 4th annual Give A Kid A Lift installation by naming this year’s project as the Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for September 2014. As always, the primary sponsors are Canwest Elevator & Lifts,  Garaventa Lift and Easter Seals. This year, Enhance Your Home Renovations has stepped up as the general contractor.

Wilfredo Aleman Jr.

Wilfredo Aleman Jr.

Each year, Easter Seals chooses a recipient who would benefit greatly from the installation of a new lift. The rest of the sponsors pitch in with fund-raising, time and/or materials to make it happen.

This year’s recipient is 16 year-old Wilfredo Aleman, who was born in Colombia with cerebral palsy. This was extremely challenging. Through sponsorship from Maple Leaf Foods, the family was able to move to Canada. Eventually, they settled in Calgary, where they have been welcomed by the community and the support network available to Wilftredo.

Wilfredo’s mother, Sofia, expresses her gratitude, “…now he doesn’t have a worry because thanks to (the sponsors) he can move freely in the house. Once again thanks and many blessings to Easter Seals, Canwest Elevator & Lifts, Enhance Your Home Renovations, Garaventa Lift and especially to all of the volunteers who donated their knowledge, their time and their work for my son to have a better future.”IMG_1948 IMG_1946

Installation for Nobel Winner Named Garaventa Lift Installation of the Month for August

Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquesz

Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Earlier this year, we lost a great Colombian citizen, Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez. “Gabo”, as he was affectionately known, was a novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. On his death in April 2014, Juan Manuel Santos, the President of Colombia, described him as “the greatest Colombian who ever lived”. – wikipedia

 

Clean, modern looking residential elevator.

Clean, modern looking residential elevator.

Cab interior showing car operating panel and glass walls

Cab interior showing car operating panel and glass walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, Mr. Márquez never had the opportunity to use the brand-new Garaventa Home Elevator installed at his residence in Cartagena. This project was completed after his passing.

The elevator features an aluminum and glass cab with full vision panels in the cab gates and full glass entrance doors. This clean, modern look is becoming more and more popular, and this installation has been named the Garaventa Lift Installation of the Month for August, 2014. Congratulations to the team at  Mitsubishi Electric de Colombia (Melco de Colombia)!

Maryland’s Hosanna Community House Named Garaventa Lift Project of the Month for July

Congratulations to Bedco Mobility of Baltimore for their submission of photos from the historic Hosanna Community House in Darlington, Maryland.

The building has an interesting story. It was one of the first schools built for the recently-freed African-Americans in former slave-holding states. By 1907, it was so run down that it was actually condemned for use as a school. Regardless, it was somehow still used as a school for African-American children for another 38 years. It has seen many repairs over the years, and now it is completely restored and functions as a museum, preserving the structure and it’s history for future generations. Find out more about it at http://www.hosannaschoolmuseum.org/

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheechair Lift has recently been added to the outside stairway to provide ADA-compliant, barrier-free accessibility.

 

Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift with optional vinyl cover

Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift with optional vinyl cover

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Lift, unfolded and ready to board

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Lift, unfolded and ready to board

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift installed on the narrow back stairs of a historic building in Maryland

An Xpress II Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift installed on the narrow back stairs of a historic building in Maryland