Bike for Brooke

4-year-old with cere­bral palsy the re­cip­i­ent of lo­cal gen­eros­ity

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - News - BY CHANTELLE MACISAAC chantelle.macisaac@gulfnews.ca

A fam­ily from Bur­geo is over­whelmed with the sup­port re­ceived from a re­cent fundraiser for their four-year-old daugh­ter.

Chris and Tina Durn­ford were caught off guard when lo­cal res­i­dent Bon­nie An­der­son ap­proached them with the idea of a fundraiser, to get their daugh­ter Brooke a ther­a­peu­tic bi­cy­cle.

Brooke has cere­bral palsy. She makes many trips to the Janeway Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in St. John’s. Chris ex­plained that af­ter her ther­apy ses­sions, she is al­lowed to use the ther­a­peu­tic bi­cy­cle.

He had posted a video of her us­ing the bike to Face­book, and that’s where ev­ery­one saw just how happy the bike made her, in­clud­ing An­der­son.

Within a mat­ter of days, lo­cal busi­nesses and res­i­dents pulled to­gether and raised over $3,000 for the cost of the bike.

“The com­mu­ni­ties around here are un­be­liev­able,” said Chris. “Brooke is re­ally ex­cited to get her bike, it’s one of her favourite things to do.”

The bike has al­ready been or­dered, along with some ac­ces­sories such as a hel­met, and should ar­rive in Bur­geo by the end of Novem­ber.

Any left over funds will be do­nated to a trust for Brooke.

An­der­son, who works at the lo­cal phar­macy, said see­ing the smile on Brooke’s face — and the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the young girl – was the rea­son in want­ing to hold the fundraiser.

“This will give her free­dom, and she is very de­serv­ing of it,” said An­der­son.

Cas­tle Build­ing Sup­plies in Cor­ner Brook do­nated $1,000 to­wards the project, and An­der­son’s em­ployer at Bur­geo Phar­macy had no is­sues with putting up a poster and a do­na­tion can at the store.

An­der­son said the poster went up on a Fri­day and shared through Face­book, and by the fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day she had to take it down and ask peo­ple to stop do­nat­ing, as they had reached their goal.

“Peo­ple went above and be­yond,” she said. “I still don’t have the ex­act to­tal as there is still cash to be counted, cards for Brooke and email trans­fers to ac­cept.”

An­der­son was over­whelmed as well with the “amaz­ing” sup­port from peo­ple on this project.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Brooke Durn­ford will be re­ceiv­ing a new bike, thanks to the gen­eros­ity of Bur­geo and sur­round­ing area res­i­dents.

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