An elderly woman from Victoria turns to you for help after a series of bad luck has left her unable to move around town.
Beth Core, 64, had her keys and wallet stolen while she was shopping last Wednesday. Then on Sunday she went to check on her mobility scooter, which she keeps locked in a secure garage beneath her apartment building.
At first glance, Core knew something was wrong and was shocked by what she saw.
“It was like a punch in the stomach,” says the 64-year-old, who lives with a disability and relies on her scooter to get around.
Thieves had gained access to the garage with the stolen keys and tried to steal her scooter.
Attempts to remove several chains and locks securing the scooter to a metal post were unsuccessful.
However, the mobility device was badly damaged by the trials and rendered unusable.
Once the scooter is fixed, she hopes to raise money to prevent something like this from happening again.
“My dream is to get into my parking lot and have a two-foot-tall shed that I can ramp up and drive into,” says Core. “And lock (the scooter) inside, then close the door and lock; and hopefully have an alarm on that lock.”
The Victoria artist moved here 21 years ago after falling in love with the city. She suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis and other health issues that limit her mobility and the use of her hands.
She has received permission from the building authority to have a shed in her parking garage.
Core hopes someone with the skills, knowledge, and materials can build her a sturdy, safe shed to park her scooter in.
Because of her disability, she relies on government funding for rent and groceries, leaving her with little to no money for a shed.
Core and a friend are in the process of setting up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the project.
She says she appreciates any help or assistance she can get with building the shed.
If you can help the elderly woman with her dream, you can contact her at Bethcore@hotmail.com
CTV Vancouver Island will update this article with information from their GoFundMe page as it becomes available.