The Community Bus Hits The Road!
The NCN Health Community Bus has arrived and is a hit with residents, staff and volunteers. The 11-seater all-abilities access bus accommodates wheelchair access, offers handrails and a modified step entry.
It will be used by residents of Numurkah Pioneer Memorial Lodge and Karinya Nursing Home to participate in community activities and events. The bus will also be made available for community groups in Numurkah who support isolated and aged people.
The new wheels are thanks to Rotary Club of Numurkah who led the fundraiser in partnership with Bendigo Bank and NCN Health. The project was first launched in February 2022 and thanks to the incredible community support enough money was raised to purchase two vehicles by the end of 2022.
Due to the impacts of COVID-19 there were significant delays in production and NCN Health are still awaiting receipt and fit out of the second bus.
Rotary Club of Numurkah President Julie Andrew thanked the community for their support.
“We are grateful for the generosity of our community as organisations and individuals have pulled together responding by donating to the appeal.
“We are working with NCN Health to have stickers made for the exterior of the bus to acknowledge the major sponsors. We are also planning on a launch event in Numurkah in the coming months to thank all our sponsors and broader community.”
NCN Health CEO Jacque Phillips said the health service looked forward to acknowledging all the generous donations.
“We have seen a significant need in aged care and in the community for transport and have been very humbled by the support. This project provides access for our aged care community to participate in activities and events. Social connection and ability to attend community groups is an important part of our lifestyle programs for aged people in our community and living in residential aged care. Thank you to everyone for your hard work getting the bus on the road.”