Weekend drives and running errands don't stop with age, which is why Silver Wings Access Van Inc. and The Meadows Auxiliary are looking at raising money for a new van. 

This van will be able to take elderly members of the community with mobility limitations to their needed destinations, whether that be out in the community or a drive through the country. 

Presenting the matter to Swift Current city council on Monday were Tracy Schlamp, co-chair of Silver Wings Access Van Inc., and Eunice Morck, president of The Meadows Auxiliary.

"The goal is to purchase an accessible van, a truly accessible van, for all of our Meadows residents," said Schlamp. "Currently, not every resident has access to community activities because of the size or style of their wheelchair."

Currently, city buses are limited in their ability to offer transportation to certain wheelchair types due to the size of some chairs. The idea with purchasing this van is to provide accessible transport for everyone, including the folks using larger wheelchairs. 

"With your help, we can give these residents the same freedom and mobility that most of us enjoy by purchasing a customized, accessible van," said Schlamp. "All of our residents would have that opportunity to attend recreational therapy activities offered outside of our building or any Community event, day or night."

The idea is to provide the van at a low cost, with fueling the van being exempt. This way, they get to enjoy the freedom the van offers, enjoying Swift Current with everyone else in the community. 

The goal is a little over $140,000. Folks interested in contributing to this fundraiser can inquire with Mourck to learn more. She can be contacted at meadowsauxiliary@sasktel.net, or by reaching out to Schlamp at rtschlamp@shaw.ca.