Group helps those with mo­bil­ity is­sues

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY LYNN CURWIN lynn.curwin@truro­daily.com

Small things can be­come big ob­sta­cles for some peo­ple, and the Mo­bil­ity Ry­ders are work­ing hard to get the word out.

e group formed a lit­tle over a year ago and has helped sev­eral peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues since.

“We as­sist in ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about how mo­bil­ity scoot­ers can change lives,” said Al­lan Steven­son who, as a taxi driver for many years, has en­coun­tered many peo­ple with mo­bil­ity prob­lems.

“We don’t do fundrais­ing but we’re in­volved in ad­vo­cacy, and will as­sist peo­ple who need equip­ment. We try to di­rect peo­ple to pro­grams o er­ing as­sis­tance.”

Joe An­drew sets up meet­ings for peo­ple who need mo­bil­ity as­sis­tance, and will speak for them if needed. He also does re­pair work on scoot­ers, and meets with mu­nic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“I talked to the town en­gi­neer about xing ramps on side­walks,” he said. “ e town has a ve-year plan to have this done.

“ ere are a lot of peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues, and mak­ing these changes would open a lot of doors for them. ey want to get out and feel safe in the com­mu­nity.”

Joe has se­vere arthri­tis and is wait­ing for knee surgery. e high hu­mid­ity dur­ing the sum­mer caused him more mo­bil­ity is­sues than usual.

His wife, Dana, was born with cere­bral palsy and has been in a wheel­chair for a lit­tle more than four years, but she helps the group look­ing af­ter the Face­book page.

“Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties some­times get left out and be­come iso­lated,” she said. “Sim­ple things, like go­ing for a co ee or a loaf of bread, can mean a lot.”

She said wash­rooms some­times have enough room for a wheel­chair to get in­side, but not enough room for a per­son to ma­noeu­vre – es­pe­cially if they need a helper with them. ere are cur­rently 41 mem­bers with Mo­bil­ity Ry­ders, and six are in need of scoot­ers.

“What we can’t get through to govern­ment is that one day in hos­pi­tal would prob­a­bly buy a brand­new mo­bil­ity scooter,” said Al­lan.

“We just want peo­ple to have the chance to be a healthy part of the com­mu­nity. We have a for­ma­tion driv­ing team, and were in the Christ­mas pa­rade last year. We plan to be in it again this year, de­pend­ing on weather.”

e group is al­ways search­ing for scoot­ers, wheel­chairs and walk­ers that are rea­son­ably priced, or free. Re­flec­tive out­er­wear, for events such as pa­rades, can also be used.

“You can change some­one’s life so quickly with a wheel­chair, walker or scooter,” said Joe. “It’s not healthy be­ing cooped up at home. is can be a lot of work, but it’s so worth it to see some­body, at the end, to see some­one ride down the street.”

To con­tact the Mo­bil­ity Ry­ders, call Joe An­drew at 902-841-6642. Al­bert “Louis” Hamil­ton – age 98, of Noel Shore, passed away peace­fully on Oc­to­ber 8, 2018 in the Colch­ester east Hants Health Cen­tre, Truro.

Born in East Noel, Hants County, he was a son of the late Harold and Ella (Reid) Hamil­ton. He was de­voted to his wife and fam­ily. He was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Mar­ion ear­lier this year. Lou is sur­vived by his chil­dren,

Joyce, Mur­ray Sid­ing; Arnold (Brenda), Crowes Mills; Rudy (Alexan­dra), Truro; grand­chil­dren, Troy, Tracey, Ste­fan and Joy (Tim), Wynn; great grand­chil­dren, O’brien, Etta Ellen, 97, Bi­ble Hill, passed away Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4, 2018 in Vimy Court, Bi­ble

Hill. Born in Moose River, Hants County, she was a daugh­ter of the late John and Leah (Mac­cal­lum) O’brien. Etta is sur­vived by sons, Frank of Bi­ble Hill,

Paul of Glen­holme, Roland of Bridge­wa­ter; daugh­ters, Ann Peter­son ( Vic­tor) of Bi­ble Hill, May

LYNN CURWIN/TRURO NEWS

Mem­bers of the Mo­bil­ity Ry­ders in­clud­ing, from left, Joe An­drew, Al­lan Steven­son and Dana An­drew, are work­ing to help more peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues.

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