Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Christine Selinger Fundraiser

Christine Selinger, former president of the ESS, is going to hike BC's Nootka Trail in May of this year. This trail is quite treacherous, and is cut off from civilization. It's on Nootka Island, off the west coast of Vancouver Island; this island is inhabited by a lot of wildlife including bears and wolves, but few people reside on the island. The hike takes approximately five days for the average able-bodied hiker, so my team and I are estimating that it will take us around 8 days to complete with my hand cycle. We have to carry in (and out) all of our equipment including tents, food and garments. Because we are doing this in May, we are predicting very wet weather, thus making this trip even trickier.

For more pictures and details of the Nootka Trail, please visit: or Stay update on my progress at our blog:

This trek is incredibly exciting, as very few people with physical disabilities participate in backcountry activities, and I am believed to be the first paraplegic to hike this trail. As part of our team we have a photographer/ videographer who will be helping us to compile a documentary about the experience once we've completed it!!

In order to do this trek, though, I need to purchase or build an all- terrain hand cycle. This is where I am need of the most assistance. First of all, if you, or someone you know, is willing to help me build this cycle that would be greatly appreciated. Due to the fact that this cycle will cost approximately $4000 - $5000 (build or bought), I am hosting a Steak Night to raise funds for this. Here are the details:

  • Brewster's South 4180 Albert Street, Regina, SK
  • February 4, 2010
  • Drop-in anytime between 5:30 PM and 9:00 PM
  • It's a steak dinner! A $15 ticket gets you a delicious steak, baked potato, and Caesar salad (vegetarian options available) We will also be doing a 50/50 draw at the event.
  • To raise some of the funds needed to purchase/make Christine's three-wheeled off-road handcycle.
  • Purchase tickets from Christine by emailing or Stephanie by emailing by February 1, 2010.