Local Krooked Country Crooner Shawn Brush found himself in an unfortunate predicament when both his Electric Wheelchair and Disability Van began to break down. Stranded in his van unable to get out due to a wheelchair lift system failure at a music gig, the fire dept had to come to the rescue. An outpouring of community support soon had a donated wheel chair and friends helped to repair and customize the new chair and fundraise for a new van.
A Signed by Musical Legends – Guitar Fundraiser was launched on the heels of a very successful musical fundraiser held at the Boston Manor on Fairview St in Burlington. This one of kind guitar will be raffled off Dec 1stat the Moonshine Café in Oakville. Both of these endeavours involved the combined talents and signatures from local music legends including, Tom Wilson, Daniel Lanois, Terra Lightfoot, Steve Strongman, Tomi Swick, Laura Cole, Caroline Wiles and support from many many more…..The Shawn Brush Foundation is very close to it’s fundraising goal of $25,000 cash towards the purchase a new Van, and with the sale of 1000 tickets for the Guitar fundraiser – they will reach that goal.
Living most of your life in a wheel chair brings about a very unique travel predicament, unable to ride the bus or take a taxi, services like Darts are not available for pub jaunts to play music. Shawn while has limited mobility still leads a very active life and is an accomplished musician, so when Shawn reached out to his community for support, the response was overwhelming. Tim Morrison, General Manager, of local car dealership Leggat Buick Pontiac GMC on Fairview Street in Burlington, saw this unique outpouring of support and rose the challenge of helping to find Shawn a van that he could afford and was suitable for the more than 20,000 in custom modifications to be wheel chair accessible with hand driving controls. Tim agreed if through fundraising we could come up with $25,000 & Leggat’s could take care of the rest for a base model near to new Utility van ready for conversion.
The Shawn Brush guitar will continue to travel until Dec 1stwhere it will be raffled at 10pm at the Moonshine Café (tickets 25$ at the door).
Find out more about how to get your Guitar Raffle Ticket or if you have the means donate on line athttp://shawnbrush.ca