Le­gion makes life eas­ier for dou­ble leg am­putee

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Life is much eas­ier for a dou­ble leg am­putee from Vic­to­ria thanks to Branch 23, Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Carbonear.

Florence Clarke lost both of her legs due to Di­a­betes.

Berkley Lawrence, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer for the Le­gion said, “a fam­ily mem­ber con­tacted the Branch and asked if we could host a fundraiser to en­able them to pur­chase a new wheel­chair.”

When they found out what the fundraiser was for, Lawrence said, in­stead of host­ing the event, the Branch de­cided to pur­chase the wheel­chair for Florence Clarke.

Not ex­pect­ing to re­ceive a new wheel­chair, Clarke was pleas­antly sur­prised by the ges­ture. She said she was very grate­ful to the Le­gion for their act of kind­ness.

The new chair re­places an older, heav­ier model, which had been caus­ing great pain in her hands. She had been try­ing for over six years to re­place her old chair, which had also be­come quite worn.

Berkley Lawrence said it was an hon­our for the Branch to present Florence Clarke with her new wheel­chair at the Le­gion last Wed­nes­day, April 14.

While it is widely known for its sup­port of vet­er­ans, the wheel­chair do­na­tion is a good ex­am­ple of how the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion sup­ports other peo­ple, or­ga­ni­za­tions and wor­thy causes in the com­mu­nity at large

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