who are we ?
Red goes faster was founded in the 'red city' Marrakesh by Michelle Hank and Brahim Tigharmin
Michelle Hank has lived and worked with the visually impaired and disabled in Marrakesh for 20 years. During this time she witnessed a great demand for wheelchairs, in particular for children.
Red goes faster was born from a friendship between Michelle and 'Marrakshi' local Brahim , who is a polio survivor and wheelchair bound himself. Michelle and Brahim have worked on many not for profit outreach programs together .
Red goes faster has joined with an Australian based not for profit organisation in Perth - Wheelchairs for kids Australia who build and supply us with awesome all terrain, adaptable wheelchairs for children ..
Our operations team of volunteers are from Australia, Morocco, Canada and Italy.
Michelle Hank - Founder and director
Brahim Tgharmin - Founder and director based in Morocco
Bahija Benchekroun Darif (Michelle’s 11 yr old daughter) - Founder, experienced Fitter, translation, cultural consultant
Sarah Bruni - Family liaison, consultant, trainer, fundraising, experienced fitter and maintenance expert.
Emanuele Porta - Trainer, experienced fitter and maintenance expert .
Sarah & Emanuele are based in Marrakesh, this ' hands on ' couple spend long hours fitting wheelchairs and supporting/training other dedicated volunteers.
Carmel Dubreuil - Fundraising, media, artist and advisor
Niccy Pallant - Photography/artist/media, training coordinator, wheelchair fitter, volunteer database and administration
Louise Rogers - Volunteer advisor, wheelchair fitter
Everyone involved in this sustainable outreach project are volunteers.
why do we need wheelchairs for kids in Morocco?
Mothers often carry their disabled children on their back and when they become too big they are unable to leave the house. Many of these disabled children never go outside , don't go to school, feel isolated and see their small world within the confines of their house looking up from a mattress which leads to further mental and physical complications .
Desperate for mobility many children are put into umbrella strollers or second hand adult wheelchairs that are too big and not secure. A poorly fitted wheelchair can cause more harm than good.
One wheelchair has immense impact - it takes pressure of family/carers and opens up a new world of mobility, independance ,socialisation and integration.
here’s what we’re doing
So far we have gifted around 322 wheelchairs to Moroccan children
Our second shipment of 154 new, flat packed wheelchairs and spare parts arrived in Casablanca in July, 2017. Thanks to our friends and supporters who helped out with donations .
In April 2016 we sponsored an Occupational Therapist from Australia to run a four day training session in Marrakesh. Training is ongoing and practical to ensure World Health Organisiation standards are met when fitting these fully adaptable, all terrain wheelchairs. Seven new volunteers were trained in Marrakesh - September 2017 and another training will be held in Essaouira, January 2018.
Participants that receive the training are selected from organisations interested in receiving the wheelchairs for the children they work with or individuals that are wanting to volunteer in their community . The trained, dedicated volunteers help the children in their village or local neighborhood, making it easier to provide ongoing support and maintenance.
Our next challenge is to raise enough money to pay for the next shipment of 164 wheelchairs to Casablanca. The wheelchairs are distributed to children all over Morocco. It is not always easy to deliver the wheelchairs to their excited owners as some of the villages are situated high in the Atlas Mountains and need to be carried by donkeys. Wheelchairs have also been fitted in remote villages in the Sahara
how you can help us
We are now looking for sponsorship or donations to help with the costs of the next shipment, freight from Perth to Morocco and then the distribution within Morocco.
Donations as little as $5 helps us a lot
Sponsor one child's wheelchair $250
Donate time, money or expertise to help us.
We are also looking for hands on help , if you would like to become involved please email
Michelle and the Red goes faster team