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Shriners help Joey to play in the lake

The club donated a special needs water chair to 14-year-old Joey and his grandma

Thanks to the Vernon Shrine Club, Joey Christiansen is now able to enjoy the local lakes along with his friends.

The club donated a special needs water chair to 14-year-old Joey and his grandma, Sharon Christiansen, fulfilling the Shriners’ mandate: “Everything the Shiners do is for the kids.”

“Joey, being confined to a wheelchair, desperately wanted to be in the water with the other kids,” said Jake Terpstra, secretary/hospital rep for the Vernon Shrine Club #7.

The Vernon Shriners were able to obtain  a floating/rolling beach wheelchair at a cost of $2,139.

“The presentation was made at Kin Beach to an ecstatic Joey,” said Terpstra, adding that this special wheelchair is also able to be used during the winter months in the snow.

“Grandma Christiansen said her grandson loves being outdoors and now will be able to spend more time outside with his new chair.”

Through their hard work at raising funds, the Vernon Shriners have been able to help families with equipment, making life more enjoyable for many special needs children.

“In addition, funds raised by our various raffles and ticket sales supports the Shriners Care Cruiser Bus Program, which transports sick children and their families to the B.C. Children’s Hospital and our Shrine Hospitals in Spokane and Portland absolutely free of charge,” said Terpstra.

The Shrine Care Cruiser Bus comes through Vernon three times a week for pick-ups and return to Vancouver. Parents and medical staff are invited to call either 250-545-6594 or 1-800-5437 for more information.


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