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Golden Mobility donates four walkers to F.H. Wigmore Hospital

New lightweight, compact models welcomed by staff, part of ongoing effort by local business to support community
Golden Mobility donation
Greg Moore (Golden Mobility), Sylvie Punga (F.H. Wigmore Hospital), Judy Wicharuk (F.H. Wigmore Hospital) and Brooke Malischewski (Golden Mobility) with the four walkers from Evolution and Golden Mobility and Rehab donated to the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Hospital on Tuesday.
Their name might have recently changed, but Golden Mobility and Rehab continues to support Moose Jaw organizations that are literally helping people get back on their feet.

Case in point, their most recent donation of four lightweight and portable walkers to the F.H. Wigmore Hospital, offering patients aiming to become more mobile a chance to do so with brand new, modern equipment.

“It’ll make a real difference,” said Sylvie Punga, an occupational therapist on the medical and surgical floors at the Wigmore. “A lot of our equipment is well-used and well-worn, it’s done its time. So we can use some replacements and upgrade a little bit, get people a little safer on the units and walking with something a little more modern than our older versions. We greatly appreciate them and they’ll definitely be used.”

The donation came into being through a e-mail from acute care for medicine and surgery manager Judy Wicharuk, who at the time was simply taking the first steps to improve what they had on-site. A message to Greg Moore of Golden Mobility -- formerly Easy Care Living -- set everything into motion.

“I e-mailed Greg to get a quote and he e-mailed back that same day saying ‘you know what, I have some that I could probably donate to you guys’,” Wicharuk said. “So it was just perfect timing from the team asking to Greg offering and it’s a blessing actually… It made everyone happy and put a smile on everyone’s faces to how these walkers and help people mobilize.”

The timing just worked out well, said Moore, and as per usual, he was simply happy to help.

“When I called her and we were talking, you could kind of hear the staff in the back kind of excited that they would be getting equipment that they need and not having to spend a lot of money,” he said. “And they were able to get it in less than a week, which we were really happy to be able to do.

That’s what it’s been all about for the local business in Moose Jaw over the years, something that Golden Mobility was happy to become a part of when they took over in July -- and they aren’t done just yet.

“It’s a great spot to put these four walkers, and when we get them at the end of the month, we’re donating four more Nexus Walkers from Human Care to Providence Place,” Moore said. “That’s always been our thing, to give back to the community, and (Golden Mobility) didn’t even think twice about doing this.”