A Central Alberta organization is bringing back a fundraiser that’s geared towards identifying and understanding the barriers that the mobility-challenged face every day.
The Team Jigger Foundation has partnered with MNP to bring back the Chair Aware fundraiser later this month. The event features teams of up to four participants, which will experience an eight-hour glimpse into the lives of the mobility-challenged by dedicating themselves to a wheelchair and attempting to make it through the day as they normally would.
“The point of Chair Aware is not to belittle or lessen the personal and intimate challenges faced by individuals who live with mobility issues,” said Jason ‘Jigger’ Lunn, founder of the Team Jigger Foundation.
“The point is to allow able-bodied people to experience a limitation that is a daily part of life for us, and to take this experience forward with them when considering accessibility and inclusion issues in their future.”
Confined to a chair himself after a high-speed collision in 2011 that resulted in a STARS Air Ambulance ride and months of recovery, Lunn founded the Team Jigger Foundation to provide needed resources and fill the gap between injury and rehabilitation.
Lunn said the foundation works on three fronts.
“First, to raise awareness of accessibility issues and barriers in our community and throughout Central Alberta. Second, to provide mentorship, resources and assistance to those born with or experiencing a loss of mobility or function,” he said.
“Third, to acquire specialized physiotherapy equipment that has been modified for paraplegics, quadriplegics, brain injury recoveries, MS patients, those with balance or cardiovascular issues, amputees or degenerative conditions – you name it – we want to ensure they have access to equipment not normally available at a physiotherapist or hospital to help contribute to their recovery physically and mentally, and to reach the peak of their adjusted ability.”
The goal of Chair Aware is to raise enough money to fund the purchase of additional modified equipment for the Lacombe-based foundation.
Seats will be limited, so anyone wishing to participate are encouraged to reach out early.
“We were amazed by the support of last year’s event,” Lunn continued, “and this year it’s going to be that much better.”
The Team Jigger Foundation Chair Aware event, in partnership with MNP, runs May 30 to June 3 throughout Central Alberta. Anyone interested in participating, donating or volunteering can visit www.teamjigger.com or call 825-640-8326 for further details.