Mobility scooter ice cream parlor brings smiles to BC kids
All Darrell Ralph wants to do is make kids smile and that’s exactly what he does.
The man behind the Frankly Delicious ice cream cart seen around Garrison Crossing and Vedder Park in recent weeks said he was literally shaking with joy as he served some children’s popsicles to his cart at Cheam Center Park on Tuesday .
“I wanted to do this to make people smile and make people happy,” the 64-year-old said. Progress.
Getting around on a mobility scooter because he is amputated from cancer, Ralph found an ice cream “tricycle” in Portland, Oregon.
He had the front cut off, had a bar welded onto the unit to connect to his scooter. He has an east coast lifeguard umbrella and he has the lettering “Ice Cream” on it.
His iPad configured for digital payment and his business license from the City of Chilliwack are evident.
And off he went, walking the streets, ringing his bells, making the children happy.
Selling all his wares for only $2 or $3 is not a lucrative business, but he sells well on these hot days.
“What happens in this world comes back,” he says.
And while he wouldn’t go into depth about his health issues, he said he had the same cancer as Terry Fox.
“If it hadn’t been for Terry Fox, I wouldn’t be here,” he said.
How? Because if it wasn’t for all the money raised directly and indirectly over the years by Fox and now by the Terry Fox Foundation, modern medicine probably wouldn’t be there to treat cancer.
If you want to catch Ralph and his treats, he’ll be at the Vedder Art Walk starting in Vedder Park tomorrow. He also said he was invited to the Chilliwack Mural Festival on August 20 and the Chilliwack Pride Festival August 21. And in recent hot weather, he’s been at Cheam Center Park starting at 1:30 p.m.
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