Sylvan Lake Community Fund helps purchase mobility equipment

A program providing mobility equipment to disabled Albertans in need recently received a funding boost

A program providing mobility equipment to disabled Albertans in need recently received a funding boost that’s benefitted qualifying Sylvan Lake residents.

Easter Seals Alberta’s Equipment and Support Services (ESS) program received a $1,400 funding contribution from the Sylvan Lake Community Fund. The money, it says, has helped purchase mobility equipment for Sylvan Lake clients of the ESS program, and in turn, provided them with the many life-enhancing benefits that come with increased mobility.

A Sept. 3 media release explains how the contribution has positively affected at least one Sylvan Lake resident.

“I used to love going swimming and aquasize, but when I had to give up my vehicle a few years ago, I had no way of getting there or anywhere else in the community without the help of my children who all live out of town,” said Joanne, an 82-year-old Sylvan Lake resident whose four-wheel scooter was funded partially by the Sylvan lake Community Fund’s contribution. “Now, with this scooter, I can go wherever I want, whenever I want. It means the world to me.”

Low-income, disabled Albertans are provided the equipment through the ESS program, which acts as a safety net for needy individuals unable to access other sources of funding and who lack the financial means to purchase the equipment themselves.

The program aims to enhance disabled Albertans’ quality of life and self-esteem by providing them with freedom, confidence and accessibility, through enhanced mobility.