Council of the Ageing secretary Nina Higgins and driver Charlie Emerson are the grateful recipients of a $5000 cheque towards a new bus.
Council of the Ageing secretary Nina Higgins and driver Charlie Emerson are the grateful recipients of a $5000 cheque towards a new bus.

Donation drives bus fundraising

COUNCIL of the Ageing secretary Nina Higgins can practically smell the brake fluid of the new bus needed to continue the group’s service of transporting elderly and disabled people.

With $10,000 left to raise, a community group is starting to see the light at the end of a long bus tunnel.

A donation of $5000 from the Rotary Club of Bundaberg City Daybreak has given Mrs Higgins hope the group will be able to replace the bus before it starts failing roadworthy inspections.

Mrs Higgins said not replacing the bus would mean up to 400 people a month throughout the region would be housebound, unable to attend excursions, or go to respite care.

“Think of the people who are visually impaired and can’t drive,” she said.

“How can people in wheelchairs get out?”

Mrs Higgins said the free service was available to almost anyone, even those who were not eligible for the state and federal governments’ Home and Community Care funding.

Dorothy Truscott has been visually impaired for 20 years and said if the Blind and Vision Impaired Friendship Group could not use the bus to get to monthly outings, its membership would be cut in half.

“They couldn’t come without the bus,” she said.

“The companionship of each other is so important on that day.”

And it would not only be the bus users who would feel the effects of the transportation loss.

Volunteer bus driver Charlie Emerson started helping the service about five years ago after an injury forced him to give up work.

Mr Emerson said the look on the faces of those, who used the service when he picked them up, made his day.

To donate call Mrs Higgins on 4151 3230.



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