Royal Canadian Legion

Agassiz student looking forward to driving lessons

Fundraiser aimed at helping wheelchair-bound student get into driver's seat

This summer, Grant Morley will be learning to drive.

At age 17, he’ll finally get the chance to climb into the driver’s seat and enjoy the open road. But before he does that, he’ll have to learn a few extra skills at a class designed to teach hand controls.

Morley needs a wheelchair due to cerebral palsy, which means when he does start driving he’ll be using hand controls instead of pedals. While it’s a barrier to driving, it’s not an insurmountable one.

The closest place to take the specialized driver training is at GF Strong in Vancouver this summer. The course runs for about a month, for several hours a day, ruling out the commute each day from Agassiz for Morley’s family.

In addition to living in Vancouver for the duration of the course, there is the cost.

Morley will be paying $85 an hour to participate, which comes to a grand total of about $5,000.

To help Morley get into the driver’s seat a little sooner, they family is holding a fundraiser next week, selling Indian tacos and holding a silent auction. That event is on June 21 at the Agassiz Legion. Morley’s mother Julie Schwass said that dozens of local business owners and merchants have already donated items for the silent auction.

Now they’re just hoping the community will show up to support Morley.

Despite not having a job, Morley has already saved several hundred dollars for his first car.

“He’s saving money,” Schwass said. “He’s got a car account, and considering he doesn’t even have a job, that’s pretty good.”

She says the small pool of work opportunities in Agassiz for teenagers is hard enough.

“Then you factor a wheelchair into it and there isn’t much there,” she said. Many of the local shops are too small to handle an employee in a wheelchair.

“He’s got a lot of strikes against him,” she said. “But he’s on the honour roll. Intellectually, he’s way above board.”

Morley is hoping to enter university after he graduates next year from AESS, with possibility of going into medicine.”

Morley has only recently needed the assistance of a wheelchair, she added, due to hip problems related to cerebral palsy.

To support Grant Morley in his efforts, visit the Legion June 21, starting at 5 p.m. for tacos, and 6 p.m. for the silent auction.

news@ahobserver.com

 

 

_30_

 

 

Just Posted

Figures reveal spike in highway traffic jams between Abbotsford and Langley

Nearly one in 20 westbound vehicles between Abbotsford and Langley clocked at under 60 km/h

Taser takedown in Chilliwack complex after incident gets violent

Male suspect became agitated under questioning and repeatedly punched an officer

Harrison looks to test viability of solar power

Harrison has applied for a grant to see whether solar power is an option for its village buildings

Agassiz man pleads guilty in snake venom death of toddler

Plea comes more than five years after the incident in North Vancouver

Funding uncertain, but Agassiz’s Storytime in the Park will go on, organizer says

The literacy program takes place each summer in Agassiz, Harrison and Seabird Island

VIDEO: Agassiz remembers local officer at grave-marking ceremony

Montague White-Fraser had been buried in the Old Cemetery for 92 years without a headstone

Canadian high school science courses behind on climate change, says UBC study

Researchers found performance on key areas varies by province and territory

UPDATE: One dead after house fire in rural Maple Ridge

Dewdney Trunk Road closed, traffic being re-routed

Six inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

The 26th ceremony in Penticton welcomed powerful figures both from on and off the ice

Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

No estimated time for opening

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Most Read