Wilson Liu graduated from the Canuck Place program when he turned 19, but he still wants to give back to the place that supported him throughout his childhood, while living with a degenerative disorder that took his vision.
“Wilson has stayed at Canuck Place many times before turning 19,” explained his Health Care Manager, Jasmine Prasad. “He wanted to do this toy drive to thank them and also to support all the children and families experiencing the same challenges as him.”
It’s been a busy year for Wilson, who, with Jasmine’s help, planned several fundraisers to help purchase toys for Canuck Place.
The White Rock Save-On-Foods hosted an in-store “Spin the Wheel” roulette game, accepting donations in exchange for a chance to win prizes.
The store also provided lollipops, which with help from Jasmine’s 6 year-old son and his classmates, they arranged to sell at a local Elementary school.
“We were so inspired by Wilson when we met him,” explained Ryan Dennis from Save On Foods. “Right away our team here at White Rock Save-On-Foods wanted to be part of Team Wilson and help kids in need along with their families. The entire team was honoured to help Wilson and Canuck Place!”
Armed with their fundraiser proceeds and over 1500 used toys to trade in, Wilson has teamed up with Matthew Purdy from Toy Traders in Langley to purchase new items for the hospice.
“I firmly believe Canuck Place provides an amazing service to the entire family, not just the child in need,” said Matthew. “Working with Canuck Place is the perfect fit for us. We are excited and honoured to help both in the existing Vancouver and new Abbotsford locations.”
The Canuck Place recreation therapy team was thrilled to be able to have a Toy Trader shopping spree, with an added stop at the Abbotsford Canadian Tire to pick up a tetherball set for the new Dave Lede House playground.
Wilson’s many supporters arrived at Canuck Place to present their cheque in person. Unfortunately Wilson was too ill to attend, but ever the team-player, Matthew from Toy Traders brought a Star Wars cut out with Wilson’s smiling face to stand in for him. As a die-hard Star Wars fan, Wilson was thrilled.
“This is a goal that Wilson has had for over three years now,” said Jasmine. “I’m so happy that we were finally able to make it happen!”