Char­ity be­gins at home

Group helps fam­ily get needed home reno for dis­abled child

Cape Breton Post - - NORTHSIDE / VICTORIA -

Mariena An­drews of North Syd­ney, who has glu­taric aciduria type I and cere­bral palsy, is get­ting a $ 15,000 bath/shower ren­o­va­tion in her home with the help of Pres­i­dent’s Choice Chil­dren’s Char­ity ( PCCC), and the staff and man­age­ment of At­lantic Su­per­store in North Syd­ney.

Mariena, 17, was all smiles as she en­tered the Su­per­store in North Syd­ney with her fam­ily.

“It doesn’t hurt that she is the cen­tre of at­ten­tion,” said her dad, Rick An­drews.

Store man­ager Rob Gouthro was quick to ac­knowl­edge that Mariena was the rea­son they were gath­ered as he wel­comed cus­tomers to take part in the pre­sen­ta­tion.

Gouthro said with gen­er­ous do­na­tions from cus­tomers and staff, the store is able to raise funds that go di­rectly to help­ing kids.

He said the Pres­i­dent’s Choice Chil­dren’s in- store fundraiser takes place twice a year, adding that in 2014, more than $5 mil­lion was raised by PCCC across Canada.

Mariena’s fa­ther, Rick An­drews was at a loss for words.

“Mariena has full needs, has to be looked af­ter from top to bot­tom, and her setup right now isn’t ad­e­quate to meet her needs,” said An­drews, a full­time para­medic based on the North­side. “This is go­ing to go a long way to ad­dress those needs, it’s lit­er­ally un­be­liev- able. I hadn’t re­al­ized that any­thing like this was pos­si­ble.”

He said Mariena is fully aware of what this means for her and her fam­ily, adding that he ex­pects the ren­o­va­tions will be­gin as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Any­body that has a dis­abled child that needs as­sis­tance, the PC Char­ity is fan­tas­tic. I en­cour­age those peo­ple to get an ap­pli­ca­tion,” he said. “It can go a long way to as­sist­ing a fam­ily in the care of a spe­cial needs child. It makes a huge dif­fer­ence.”

JULIE COLLINS - CAPE BRE­TON POST

Pres­i­dent’s Choice Chil­dren’s Char­ity re­cip­i­ent Mariena An­drews, seated in front, is shown with Su­per­store em­ployee Gary Stand­ing (kneel­ing in front), and back from left, Loretta An­drews, Michael Tay­lor An­drews, Dist. 2 Coun. Char­lie Kea­gan, North Syd­ney Su­per­store man­ager Rob Gouthro, Dist. 1 Coun. Clarence Prince, Rick An­drews, Ally An­drews and Char­lene An­drews.

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