How The X-tails Donated Two Sports Wheelchairs

On January 24, 2017, a dream of mine came true. I donated two sports wheelchairs to the School District 57 Early Learning Program in Prince George, BC.

These chairs are awesome—lime green, fast, and in a smaller size for young kids! I also donated one hundred signed copies of The X-tails Travel to the Jamboree Jam—a board book I’ve written that is perfect for the young children in the Early Learning Program. Similar to my book, The X-tails Ski at Spider Ridge, the Jamboree Jam board book also has a character in a wheelchair, which is a great way to introduce kids to the use of wheelchairs. Check out the photo below of the two donated chairs!

Canadian author, L.A. Fielding, donates two sports wheelchairs in Prince George, BC.

How it all began: In the fall of 2013, I met Nancy Harris, who is the Northern Coordinator for Wheelchair Basketball and the Let’s Play Northern BC Program. She invited me for a coffee and opened my eyes to the great work being done to promote inclusive physical activity for kids with physical disabilities and mobility limitations. Nancy’s message about inclusion and physical activity aligned perfectly with the X-tails children’s book series. Even though I had several stories already written and waiting to be published, I knew I needed to get my laptop out to write a new story—something different.

As Nancy and I were about to part ways that day, I suggested that if I were to write a new book, I could donate part of the proceeds. I was thinking out loud when I said it, and at the time, I had no idea how to do such a thing, but I meant it. Over the following months, I poured all of my energy into writing The X-tails Ski at Spider Ridge—I wanted this book to be a blast to read, but I also wanted it to have a greater purpose.

50% of the proceeds from The X-tails Ski at Spider Ridge are donated to purchase sports equipment for children with physical disabilities and mobility limitations.

How it works: For every copy sold of The X-tails Ski at Spider Ridge, 50% of my royalties are donated for kids with physical disabilities and mobility limitations, which will provide opportunities to use sports wheelchairs and other recreational equipment.

How you can help: Buying the book is a great way to raise funds, but there are many more ways to help. Perhaps you can sell the book in your store or as part of an event. Maybe you can get the book in your local library. How about having me read at your local school or combining my author visit with a wheelchair basketball event? What about fundraising? The ideas are endless!

In 2017 and beyond, I’m asking you for suggestions. Do you have something in mind—a project that is near and dear to your heart, which aligns with this cause? Click here to contact me with your idea!

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