Lives changed for the better by #TeamMotivation, after Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon

Lives changed for the better by #TeamMotivation, after Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon

By participating in this year’s edition of the Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon, #TeamMotivation raised funds for 5 wheelchairs, and changed just as many lives for the better.

On November 7th, #TeamMotivation participated in Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon 2021, to support the Wheelchair Fund – appropriate mobility equipment and freedom of movement for children and adults with mobility disabilities.

12 people chose to support our cause, when they registered for the event, and 25 donations were given to our cause on, for our three fundraiser athletes: Ioana, Cosmin and George.

The funds will be used for the transportation, refurbishment and delivery of 5 appropriate wheelchairs for people with mobility disabilities. The equipment will be donated in 2022, according to the users’ needs, based on individual assessments, conducted by Motivation’s regional teams.

You can see photos of our runners on our Facebook page. We’re grateful to all of the runners, fundraiser athletes, supporters, for helping us #changelives for the better!

#TeamMotivation includes people with and without disabilities. Together, they participate in running and cycling events in Romania, in order to promote the abilities of people with disabilities, the benefits of sports, and to raise funds for appropriate wheelchairs and lives changed for the better. Find out more about #TeamMotivation and how you could join our team, motivated to change lives for the better, from our website, here.

The experiences of the athletes of #TeamMotivation

Ioana Szabo raced with #TeamMotivation in the Wizz-Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon and raised funds for appropriate wheelchairs and freedom of movement.  This is how she describes the experience:  I ran with Motivation Romania Foundation at Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon in order to support one team which dedicates all its resources to increase the chances of inclusion for people with disabilities, to change attitudes and to make the society we live in a better legacy for our children.

I am the mother of a wonderful little girl, who is 4 years old, and this changed everything for me! She made me see everything in a different way, to accept being more vulnerable and even fearful when it comes to certain aspects of the future that I cannot control, but she also made me more courageous and determined when it comes to things that I can change

Moreover, the company where I work – Deltamed – has always aimed to make a difference when it comes to equal opportunities, both through the special vehicles adapted for the transport of wheelchair users, which it produces, and through the constant support given to the Motivation Foundation and other NGOs.

I would love to join them in every edition of the Wizz Air Cluj Napoca Marathon from now on – the marathon experience itself was a memorable one, so I’m sure it will be just one of many others to come! I encourage you to do the same… and be yourself, above all, the change you want in the world!

Ioana Dumitru is our colleague from the Motivation team in Cluj and she couldn’t have missed this year’s edition of the Wizz Air Cluj Napoca Marathon. I have been part of #TeamMotivation since 2017, when I first participated in my first 10 km race. I have participated at Cluj Napoca Marathon ever since and I even joined my colleagues for some editions of the Bucharest International Marathon, because I wanted to do sports, to be part of the team because of the wonderful feeling of belonging, and also to help more people, through the Wheelchair Fun. Also, I wanted to give courage to other people. I highly recommend everyone to try to become part of #TeamMotivation. Whether you use a wheelchair or not, the satisfaction after crossing the finish line, when you realize that you have managed to complete a race, and your colleagues are there to support you, is wonderful.

The #TeamMotivation participation at Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon is part of a larger initiative to raise donations for the Wheelchair Fund. Motivation Romania annually donates over 1000 quality wheelchairs, new or refurbished, to children and adults with mobility disabilities, based on the needs identified by our regional teams. Each wheelchair is prescribed and donated according to the user’s needs, so that he becomes active and independent again.

Some of the stories of those who received appropriate mobility equipment through the Wheelchair Fund program can be found here.

Through the Advocacy project for community access for wheelchair users, we aim to support people with disabilities in promoting their rights and abilities. Thereby, we create the premises for increasing the degree of inclusion, at community level. The project is implemented by Motivation Romania Foundation in partnership with the Segoia Association, with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund Romania, a program funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the 2014-2021 EEA Grants.

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