The Wheelchair of Hope Foundation is exceedingly expanding and has surpassed its ability to meet its mandate in providing donated mobility devices to those in need.
On Monday night, Foundation founder, John Cairns told Quinte West Council that over that last three years they have grown exponentially and have begun a campaign to raise funds for a cargo van. He requested council offer a $2,500 grant toward the purchase of a $10,000 van. Cairns explained the demand is growing by 25 clients per year with 12 in Quinte West in 2016 alone.
The Canada Walk of Fame recipient and Voice of Victory motivational speaker pointed to an outpouring of community support for the increase in demand. He smiled saying Global TV recently dubbing him an ‘Every Day Hero’ might have had something to do with a boost in requests for devices as well.
Staff suggested looking into providing the foundation with $2,500 through the Small Project Grants Program because it is still available. Mayor Jim Harrison said the request will be revisited in March after it has gone through the grants program.
Cairns said he is hopeful but remains confident council will support the purchase because of its lasting impacts on the region.
To find out more about the campaign click here.
Meanwhile, the 3rd annual Wheelchair of Hope Catwalk 4 Change Gala is gearing up for April 29 at Occasions by the Bay in Bayside.
The runway event features the latest emerging trends and established fashion trends. Tickets are $125 each with proceeds going to fund equipment repairs for donated mobility devices. For more details click here.