Tabs for Wheelchairs Improves Lives of Children with Disabilities
Updated: Dec 14, 2018
Edmonton, AB – Growing up in the Philippines with cerebral palsy, Marlon Jr. had very limited mobility and was unable to enjoy simple childhood pastimes. That all changed in June when he received a Little Wave "Clik" pediatric wheelchair courtesy of the Tabs for Wheelchairs program organized by the Holy Cross School in Winnipeg. The school collected enough tabs to also provide a wheelchair to the Manitoba Wheelchair Sport Association. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Tabs for Wheelchairs. It relies entirely on the efforts of individuals who collect and donate tabs from cans.
Dave Harback was moved to hear about this program and for the past five years, he has saved tabs and encouraged others to do the same.
“This year’s total is 107.6 lbs,” says Dave, who appreciates support from his family, friends, clients, colleagues at Sutton - Premiere Real Estate and mortgage broker Mike Brennan. Recently, a new ally appeared.
“An incredible woman, Corrina Schlauch, contacted me just before Christmas and really wanted to join in the tab collection program. Together we created materials to hand out to the kids at King Edward School in Edmonton. A lot of the kids got busy collecting the tabs and on June 18, 2018, I picked up 30.5 lbs of tabs from the school—after collecting for just six months!”
Dave is pleased to report that the 107.6 lbs collected this year brings the three-year total to more than 300 lb. This contribution will help to purchase a wheelchair in 2019. Holy Cross School recently announced that their next recipient will be a five-year-old girl from Brandon, MB named Scarlett.
Scarlett is described as full of life and humour with a sparkling personality. She also has CHARGE syndrome, which is a rare and complex condition involving extensive physical difficulties. In addition, she was born with severe heart defects and suffered a devastating stroke. Dave is hoping to involve more local schools and clients in the quest to collect more tabs and help Scarlett and other children gain greater independence.
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