Drive-through Burnaby ‘cane exchange’ replacing unsafe canes for free

Burnaby siblings Mikaela and Thomas Montagano have developed the Canes for a Change Community Initiative to put safer canes into the hands of seniors and people with mobility issues.

Mikaela and Thomas both work at their family medical equipment business, BC MedEquip Home Health Care, and enjoy helping others in any way possible.

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“I have learned that it is important to reach out and help those in need,” said Mikaela. “During this pandemic, we wanted to contribute to our community in a special way and have come up with a unique idea that we will be sharing with the Lower Mainland.”

In support of seniors at home or in retirement homes, and those with mobility issues, they are hosting an exchange event so people can replace their old, unsafe canes for a brand new one without having to pay for it. These canes will be provided by BC MedEquip Home Health Care.

“This small act of kindness allows those in need of a new cane the opportunity to obtain a brand new, safe and reliable free product to help their mobility,” Mikaela said. “We understand how gloomy these days are for many but by putting our project into action we can brighten their day.”

The event runs Aug. 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2230 Springer Ave. in Burnaby. It’s a drive-through event in which social distancing will be adhered to – including canes sealed in plastic sleeves - so just drive in with your old can and get a new one.

Part two of the project consists of working to provide the canes to residents in care homes, retirement centres and independent living centres.

The siblings have received small grants from #RisingYouth, Vessi and Neighbourhood Small Grants to fund our project. The funds will be used for T- shirts, advertising and to encourage more youth involvement through their Facebook and Instagram pages @canesforachange.

For more details, email canesforachange@gmail.com.

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