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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fundraiser for New Wheels

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

A BBQ will raise money for a new wheelchair for 17 year old Natalie McDonald

The girl who has raise tens of thousands of dollars for others is now in need of a little financial help herself.

17 year old Natalie McDonald is heading to college this Fall and is in need of a new set of wheels.

Her current power wheelchair is 4 years old with more than 4 thousand km's on it and as a result is in need of replacement.

The new model that McDonald would like to purchase is 7 thousand dollars more than what the government will cover.

This is because the new chair has some extra bells and whistles that will provide McDonald with a lot more independence as she sets out to live on her own in college.

The new chair will allow McDonald to go up and down to reach buttons and items around her college residence apartment.

The new chair will also come with snow tires, headlights and blinkers.

Over the years McDonald has helped raise well over 50 thousand dollars for various charities including the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Society and Easter Seals to help send kids to camp.

McDonald a former Easter Seals Ambassador and past Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year recipient has always taken an active role advocating for others especially those with special needs.

The Lions Club is hosting a special fundraiser BBQ tomorrow Saturday at Hanover's Foodland from 11 until 2 pm. 

Saturday's Foodland BBQ is a way that others can now help advocate for McDonald to ensure she is able to purchase the power wheel chair she requires to live independently as she begins her next exciting chapter of her life at college.

McDonald is heading to Humber College to study behavioural sciences.

McDonald is overwhelmed by all of the support she is receiving from the community as well as the Lions Club.

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