South­port Den­tal hold­ing fundraiser for new wheel­chair

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

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.

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