Knights of Columbus To Push Wheelchair From Smithers to Houston

If you see a wheelchair rolling along Highway 16 from Smithers to Houston this weekend-- don't be alarmed.

The Knights of Columbus in Smithers will be pushing a wheelchair along the 64-kilometre-long route, to raise money to purchase wheelchairs for disabled people in Canada and around the world.

Deputy Grand Knight Paul Fradette, who's organizing the event, says it's going to be very unique -- and they plan to get an early start Saturday morning. 

"We're leaving at 8 o'clock in the morning right from the firehall because through each of the towns of Smithers, Telkwa and Houston, the fire department's going to lead us through town; of course we have our permits and everything we need with Highways, and we're going to just take turns, there's about 35 men in our group and we're going to take turns walking, running, whatever, so it won't be a big group walking up the highway, it'll be one person at a time will be switching off as people want to take a break or whatever -- but it's something -- it's an event as far as pushing a wheelchair from one town to the other that's never been done before," he said.

Knights of Columbus provincial spokesperson Arcie Lim says his organization, in partnership with the Canadian Wheelchair Foundation, has sent wheelchairs to many needy areas of the world, such as Viet Nam, Mexico, the Philippines, Cuba and Iraq.

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