If you ask George Dussault about the power of the press, he’ll tell you it’s real — and elderly and infirm residents of the Bowser area are set to reap its rewards.
Dussault, the president of the Qualicum Bay Lions Club, said a recent article in The News about the Lions and their desire to pass on used scooters, wheelchairs and other mobility aids has born fruit.
“The article worked really well,” Dussault said. “We just had a donation of a power wheelchair that’s worth about $10,000 and a La-Z-Boy lift chair with a leather cover, and that’s another couple of grand there. They also had a portable transport wheelchair and that’s worth another $400 to $500.”
All that, he said, came in the form of one donation, but there have been others as well.
“Yesterday we picked up a hospital bed from a lady who donated it,” Dussault said. “It’s all powered. That’s another couple of thousand bucks.”
Dussault said he’s excited about the donation boost and stressed his Lions team will have no trouble finding good homes for any future donations.
Anyone who would like to donate to the Qualicum Bay Lions Club can call Helmut Servyns at 250-757-2079.