The UCF volunteer team that builds 3-D printed bionic arms, Limbitless Solutions, held an event on Saturday to launch its new global initiative: 75 arms and books for children in Syria.
Limbitless, with help from community partner Romacorp Inc., held the event to raise money so the team can design, build and deliver the arms and books to children hurt and displaced by the conflict in Syria.
According the several humanitarian organizations, at least 1.2 million children have fled Syria, and 1 in 3 cannot attend school regularly because they are virtually homeless in neighboring countries. The team is working with the nonprofit Help Syria to help some of these children.
“We saw that we could make an immediate impact,” said Dominique Courbin, director of production for Limbitless. “But we didn’t want to help just some children without arms. We wanted to help as many as we could recapture some portion of their childhood. Books transport you to a different world, so that’s why we want to deliver books as well.”
News 6 anchors Matt Austin and Lisa Bell were on hand to meet people and help with Saturdays event. The teams goal is to raise $40,000 to build arms and deliver them along with books in 2016.