Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of August 25, 2008
Knights reach out to give a wheelchair to family.
Fr. Bernie Gilliece comforts Andrew Morrison as Andrew's father looks on during a blessing of the new wheelchair donated by St. Dominic Savio Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Special to the WCR
During our membership drive for St. Dominic Savio Council last fall, one of our parishioners, Michael Morrison was asked if he would like to join the Knights of Columbus.
His reply was that because of his daughters and disabled son, he was too busy, but he would consider membership when he isn't as busy.
When asked if the Knights could do anything to help, Morrison replied that his son Andrew needed a new specialized wheelchair that costs about $5,000.
Although the Alberta government would pay 51 per cent, Andrew would still have to pay almost $2,400.
Grand Knight Lawrence Carroll asked Morrison to write a request for donations to help pay for the wheelchair.
At the December meeting of the Knights' Edmonton chapter, Carroll asked councils in the Edmonton area to donate what they could to this worthy cause.
Three councils - St. Peter's, St. Charles and Holy Trinity - sent cheques of $100 each.
Since St. Dominic Savio Council had recently worked a casino, we had some funds to donate.
The wheelchair was ordered and quickly paid for. On July 6, after Mass, Carroll presented the new wheelchair to Morrison while Salesian Father Bernard Gilliece blessed both Andrew and the wheelchair.
"This is the reason I became a knight," said Carroll, "to help people in need and do something worthwhile for the community at large. If we can help people I think it is our duty as both Christians and as Knights of Columbus."