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Wednesday, 17 October 2012 10:53

Swift Current family is receiving community support following tragedy

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Following an accident at the Swift Current Skate Park on June 28 that left David Woelk fighting for his life, his family and friends have teamed up with local businesses and individuals to set up the David Woelk and Family Assistance Fund. The fund is a way for the community to donate to help the family as they struggle through a challenging time.

Currently, rubber bracelets are being sold at the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, where Woelk graduated in 2011. He formed a special bond with his automotive mechanics skills coach Chad Martens, who is selling the bracelets at the school.
“I had been personally involved with him through the Skills Club here at the school, and he participated in a lot of competitions, working in trades,” explained Martens. “When I heard that he had had this accident, I was wondering what I could do to help. I've been in a situation like that before, where as I parent I was in the hospital with my kids for months at a time, and it’s not easy. So I got involved selling wristbands.”
Martens helped prepare Woelk for skills competitions when he was a student at SCCHS. In 2010, Woelk received first place in the provincial competition, making him eligible for the national competition, where he placed sixth. After high school, Woelk continued to pursue automotive mechanics with a job at Expert Auto Service in Swift Current.
“He’s one of the best employees we’ve ever had,” admitted Linda Wiebe, owner at Expert Auto Service. “His accident was just devastating for us. He’s got a great work ethic, he’s a pleasant person all around, and we miss him greatly.”
Wiebe wanted to help Woelk’s family, who were living in Regina while he was in the hospital there. Although he has temporarily been relocated to Cypress Regional Hospital, he will still need to return to Regina in the future.
“It’s still important to help out, so we’ve set up a trust fund at CIBC to help the family cover expenses both now and down the road,” she said. “For his therapy, gas, hotel, everything. They’ve been very frugal with the money so far, and they are being so careful about how they spend it. They know there is still a long road ahead.”
Woelk is starting to make some improvements, but Wiebe admitted that progress is slow and there is much work yet to be done. He is responding now, which is encouraging.
“Individuals have been so good about showing their support, even people who didn’t really know him very well have just been so generous,” Wiebe added.
“The response has been really good. He has helped out a lot of people at the skate park, and the City’s Parks and Recreation people put together a card for him that was signed by a lot of those kids. That kind of stuff has been really nice to see.”
Martens added the response at the high school has been positive, as well. Although the wristbands are available for a $2 donation, most people have been donating much more.
“A lot of the kids know Dave, and he’s just such a friendly guy,” he said. “He’d give you the shirt off his back, so he’s the kind of guy you can feel good about helping.”

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