Southport Dental holding fundraiser for new wheelchair
Last summer 2014 Easter Seals ambassador Brett Robinson had the chance to test out a hippocampe, an all-terrain wheelchair at the Bonshaw Hills Trails.
Using the chair, he was able to access areas he normally couldn’t.
Now, his family is hoping he can continue to increase his accessibility to Island beaches and trails with the purchase of an allterrain wheelchair.
To help with the cost, staff members at Southport Dental are hosting a yard sale and barbecue on June 16.
The proceeds will go toward a new chair for Robinson, so he and his family can go on new adventures
Robinson’s mother, Lynn, has gotten a lot of support from individuals in the community, while business and clubs have stepped up as well.
“We had donations from the Charlottetown Royalty Rotary, Rotary Club of Hillsborough, the Kinsmen Club, the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown and the Stratford Area Lions Club,” she said. Brett Robinson sits in a hippocampe all-terrain wheel chair alongside friends Chelsey, left, and Courtney Gunn.
Lynn is looking forward to her son using the chair. She used to drag him along the beach in a toboggan and then graduated
to a wagon. Last year, pulling the wagon along the sand with Robinson weighing it down became very difficult, she said.
“When he was using the chair last year we knew we had to get one. There was such a difference. It has dual wheels on the back, you can add skis in the winter. He just loves being out and about. The difference using the hippocampe is unbelievable.”
The fundraiser runs from 8 a.m. to noon at 5 Glen Stewart Dr. in Stratford.
It is the final fundraising effort to pay off the cost of Robinson’s new all-terrain wheelchair.