Bert Abbott

Bert Abbott

Grant for wheelchair club in Parksville Qualicum Beach

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants

  • Jul. 2, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The Mid-Island Wheelchair Sports Club  has received a $13,580 community gaming grant from the provincial government.

The grant will go to help the organization with its ongoing activities including organizing events and activities, encouraging participation and promoting wheelchair sports in the region.

“I’m thrilled the Mid-Island Wheelchair Sports Club will be able to continue to do what they do best and that’s giving wheelchair athletes a place to be physically active and compete in sport,” said Michelle Stilwell, MLA for Parksville-Qualicum. “They remove barriers and make our community more inclusive for all.”

“We are really happy because without the support we wouldn’t be able to run some of our programs,” said Bert Abbott, president of the Mid-Island Wheelchair Sports Club.

“With these funds, we are able to provide wheelchair sports in the mid-island area and for a lot of our athletes these are the only recreational activities they do.”

The Mid-Island Wheelchair Sports Club’s grant is through the sports intake, which provides funds to community-based youth and amateur sports programs that consist of organized competitive physical activities.

Every year, the provincial government approves $135 million in gaming grants that benefit more than 5,000 local non-profit organizations that serve communities throughout British Columbia.

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find information and applications at www.gaming.gov.bc.ca/grants/.

—Submitted by the provincial government