Local woman launches fundraising campaign for Marlene Bird

By Glenn Hicks
October 11, 2017 - 10:00am Updated: October 11, 2017 - 12:53pm

A local woman wants to find a better, safer place to live for a high-profile victim of crime.

Serena Sanderson has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to support Marlene Bird, the Prince Albert woman who lost her legs after she was assaulted three years ago.

“With her lifestyle I’m thinking maybe we can help her get off the streets,” Sanderson said. “She doesn’t have to be out there.”

Sanderson doesn’t know Bird personally, but said she sees her all the time around town and hopes the community will come together to raise funds to get her into a better place this winter.

“She is constantly begging for money, asking for money,” Sanderson said. “I think she wants to be somewhere where she’s not controlled and can call her place her own.”

Sanderson was moved to action when she heard about Bird awaiting prosthetic legs after the recent conviction of the man who attacked her.

“My son has a prosthetic foot and so that hits home,” she said. “I know [having legs] just gives so much more to want to live, to do better. When my son was immobilized he hated it.”

Sanderson hopes people will donate to the fund that can get Bird into a small house.

“I thought maybe us as a community can take care of her… give her a place of her own,” Sanderson said. “You know, just five or 10 dollars each can help her."

Sanderson said she would manage the Go Fund Me account with full transparency and record everything that is donated and where it goes.

The Go Fund Me campaign was launched Tuesday. 

 

Glenn.Hicks@jpbg.ca

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