On Thursday, May 18th, True North Aid launched RollUP for the North Campaign, working to raise $30,000 to provide necessary, life-changing mobility devices to those with physical disabilities in remote Indigenous communities across Canada.
We are proud to partner with RollUP Solutions and Goodwill Ltd in London, Ontario for this initiative
A standard wheelchair in Canada costs, on average, $2,500.
This prohibitive cost creates a need for affordable mobility devices, specifically for those refused government funding.
Many people living in remote communities must meet strict requirements to qualify for Non-Insured Health Benefits and private insurance.
In addition to the affordability of these devices, living in remote communities creates a barrier for Indigenous people to access health practitioners who would assess the need of the individual and help with the required paperwork.
Therefore, individuals who go without new mobility devices must resort to using old devices that are falling apart or are flown out-of-community to an urban area to be assessed. This later scenario creates unduly and unnecessary logistical stress with added costs.
True North Aid has provided medical supplies and mobility aids to northern and remote communities in Ontario and Manitoba since 2018.
In 2020 this initiative grew into a partnership between True North Aid, RollUP Solutions In. and Goodwill Industries.
This collaborative effort to provide refurbished wheelchairs and walkers is expanding into Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
I got approved for that chair so I could go outside and enjoy life… It gave me a sense of freedom because I could go get my own milk…you know freedom .
True North Aid has recently received requests from across Canada for 100 wheelchairs for youth, elders and those with mobility impairments. Our goal is to fulfill each request. These communities include:
Through our partnership, each wheelchair costs $150.00.
We understand this is a big ask, so we welcome you to donate a part or parts, as every donation is a piece or a chair closer to reaching our goal.