I recently watched a news story about a head injury survivor who did what I considered something good for a friend.
The friend is in the advanced stages of Parkinson disease, has a wife and a three-year-old child and he wanted to do something to help them. He set up a Registered Educational Savings Plan (RESP) for the son that anyone can contribute to and it will become his on the date of his graduation.
When asked why he did it, he responded simply, “it seemed like a nice thing to do and I had the ability to make a difference.” Seems like a good enough reason to me.
I am a 20-year head injury survivor and I don’t have any friends with Parkinsons, but I have a friend with a wife, a young child and cancer. His name is Gordie Finney, his wife Kim and son Grayson.
I have set up an RESP for Grayson at Scotia Bank in Shelburne. If you wish to help me help someone, you can approach a teller and say this is for Grayson and make your contribution. I’m not asking for you to re-mortgage your house or sell your second car you don’t use anymore – but you can. I’m asking for one day or one week of your vices – you know, things like that cup of coffee or that extra bingo card. If you happen to be at the Sea Dog, you could donate the value of a beer. His cousin Allan would make sure he gets the donation.
Donations will be accepted until the end of the upcoming school year. Then they will be invested until his graduation.
If we each do a little nice, maybe we can do a lot.
I would like to thank Scotia Bank, Shelburne, and Sea Dog Saloon for their assistance.