Welcome to PET Austin
The Gift of Hope
PET is a three-wheeled, off-road wheelchair, operated by hand power. Built by a faith-based, non-profit, volunteer organization, PETs are delivered at no cost to people in developing countries who have lost the use of their legs due to birth defects, polio, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, landmines or war.
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PET International is an authorized charity for the annual Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is similar to the United Way in that all US Governmental employees (civilian and military, current or retired) can easily make contributions designated to specific charities or shared across all charities listed in the CFC. Please forward this news to your Federal Governmental friends and ask they consider designating PET International (CFC #38749) as one of their charities of choice.
PET-Austin had a great 2015. By the end of December we constructed 98 PET carts. We sent 9 carts to PET-Penney Farms to be included in a shipment to Sierra Leone. With the help of PET-San Antonio, PET- Brazos Valley, PET-Memphis and PET-Columbia we sent a container of 155 PET carts to Guinea Bissau. We also started a relationship with Mission of Hope Haiti and sent 2 PET carts with them in December.
From a donation standpoint, we started the year getting ready for the Amplify Austin Giving campaign. On the 'Day of Giving' we received over $9500.00. Bethany United Methodist Church participated in the eighth annual "Lenten Challenge" and the congregation donated the funds to build 40 PET carts, one for each day of Lent. With these and additional gifts and memorials, we received almost $50,000 into our operating budget and added almost $35,000 to our capital building fund.
Our volunteers at the PET-TyRex shop participated in the Round Rock 4th of July Parade and had a great time. We also were the featured charity at the Round Rock Express ball game on July 5th.
The real big event for us was hosting the Annual PET Conference. We would like to offer a big thank you to Bethany United Methodist Church for allowing us to utilize the church facility for this 3 day event in September. Over 75 people representing 15 of the 21 US PET shops, the PET-Zambia shop and many of our distribution partners were in attendance. The president of the National United Methodist Men's Organization was also present to report on their official partnership with PET-International.
Overall PET in general and PET-Austin specifically has been blessed and we are looking forward to an even greater 2016.
Round Rock Express PET Day July 5, 2015
Love the Round Rock Express and PET too. On July 5, PET will be the Chasco featured charity at the Round Rock Express game. We will be featured in the Chasco Community Partners kiosk in front of the main gate.
1. Click on the Round Rock Express logo on the left (You will be taken to the Round Rock Express Ticket page)
2. Enter special offer code: petaustin (click submit)
3. Choose “$11 PET-Austin IR” option for discounted tickets
4. Select the number of tickets you want and follow the instructions to complete your order.
Be sure and come by and see us and bring a friend, especially one that doesn't know about PET. See you at the game!!!
We had a Mountain TOP group come to the shop to assemble PETs again this year. The group came to the shop on May 14 and assembled 4 PETs. I think everyone had a great time, especially when they raced the PETs in the parking lot. In addition to assembling the PETs, they were able to also construct additional parts and assemblies. We want to thank the Mountain TOP group for coming to the shop to help. We also wish them the best of luck when they go on their mission trip this summer.
If anyone asks you what PET-Austin does, just say we are dispensers of OPPORTUNITY.
For the leg-handicapped person in the developing world who has been crawling upon the ground, or been carried about, we provide the OPPORTUNITY to have a new life of pride, dignity, hope, comfort and productivity.
For the poverty community that is often in despair, depression and hopelessness we offer an OPPORTUNITY to see hope and promise for the future.
For the volunteers who wants to use their time and energy to make a difference in the world we offer the OPPORTUNITY to use their time, energy, skills and contacts to dramatically change the lives of hundreds of persons who are God's "least of these."
For the donor of dollars we offer the OPPORTUNITY to get one of the biggest "bang for the bucks" that there is -- a new life for only $300.00.
For the business person we offer the OPPORTUNITY to invest some of their resources, skills, contacts and knowledge to help create an amazing and simple piece of medical equipment.
For the NGO who has been praying for and worrying about the leg-handicapped persons in their area of RESPONSIBILITY, we offer the OPPORTUNITY for a partnership and a solution.
Just tell people PET-Austin is in the OPPORTUNITY business.
We shipped 9 PETs to the Penney Farms PET Shop to be included in a shipment going to Sierra Leone. This will be the last shipment of the old style PETs (old seat style). The distribution partner in Sierra Leone agreed to take this last shipment of old style PETs to help all of the PET affiliates to get the old style PETs out without having to do major rework to make them meet the new standard.
Old Style New Style
PET International announces the production of the 50,000th PET (Personal Energy Transportation) cart. This milestone was reached by the combined efforts of 21 PET Affiliates established in the United States and another in Zambia. PET carts are hand cranked 3-wheel vehicles, an "all-terrain" wheelchair.
World Health Organization cites over 21 Million people are leg disabled due to diseases, casualties, and birth defects. PET Mobility Project started in 1994 when retired Methodist minister Mel West and two friends, a missionary in Africa (Larry Hill) saw the need, and an engineer (Earl Miner) designed a cart to meet that need. West began production of the first carts in his garage in Columbia Missouri. From that, the volunteer organization has grown to 22 shops across the world. West said, "We have not served only 50,000 persons. Also served have been their family and caretakers, and communities."
In 2004 PET International came into being as the umbrella organization to distribute PET carts, coordinate PET affiliate production sites, and communicate the need for PET carts. PI Director of Operations Von Driggs, stationed in Lindale Texas, coordinates the distribution of the carts in over 100 developing nations. Over 50 distribution partners assist with shipping containers of PET carts and identify those who will receive the carts in-country. Driggs said "There is no cost to the recipient – we reflect the love of God by giving them the gift of mobility."
Each PET affiliate shop started with an inspired individual or group of volunteers and a desire to help others. They organized their facility, recruited volunteers, raised funds for operations and supplies, and received training on how to build a PET cart. A standard design, continually being improved and coordinated by PET International, provides the design for the cart.
PET-Austin (www.petaustin.org) started in 2008 as the 15th PET affiliate. Since that time, PET-Austin has produced and shipped over 500 PET carts.
The 50,000 milestone represents the donations of thousands of PET Mobility Project supporters across the world. Each affiliate raises funds for their shop through fundraising events and donations from hundreds of supporters. Over the years, organizations such as United Methodist Men, Lion's Club, Rotary, and Kiwanis have adopted the PET mobility cause and provided money as well as manpower to build PET carts.
The 50,000 PET carts made also represent thousands of volunteers working at the 22 PET Affiliates, an estimated 600,000 hours of time volunteered, and over $12.5 million to build them.
PET Austin has delivered PETs to:
Help give the Gift of Mobility to someone in need!
Building and boxing PETs
Volunteers and donataions needed
Clean soup can size cans
Shoebox size boxes
Check out our new menu item "News". There you will find news about our shop as well as the latest copy of the PET International Mini-Newsletter.