New wheels for Birches residents

CLiaison's picture December 20, 2018


(L-R) - Birches Auxiliary member, Marilyn Lyons,  Auxiliary President, Faye Gumley, Dunkeld and District Community Bank Manager, Anna Watson and WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald

A new 11 seater bus rolled into the Birches Residential Aged Care facility last week and was greeted with much excitement by residents and staff.

The bus, valued at just under $65,000, was purchased thanks to the efforts of the Birches Auxiliary. This small team of five community members fundraised tirelessly for the bus, which will transport residents to activities and events.

A recent donation of $15,000 by the Dunkeld and District Community Bank allowed the Birches Auxiliary to hit their target and Auxiliary President, Faye Gumley said she is very grateful to the community for getting on board the cause.

“We have been very well supported in our efforts to get a new bus, which seemed like a huge undertaking when we kicked off this fundraiser in August last year.

Thanks to donations from a number of individuals, organisations and a very substantial donation from the Dunkeld and District Community Bank, we now have our bus and we are so grateful to all those who have contributed.

The community has been wonderful, I think because they understand how important it is to ensure that our aged care residents continue to get out and about and enjoy new activities and experiences,” Mrs Gumley said.

WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says the bus is a great example of what a small group can achieve when they are passionate about improving the lives of others.

“Our WDHS Auxiliary members all have a connection and commitment to our facilities and great compassion and desire to deliver the best for residents and patients.

The Birches Auxiliary are truly dedicated to supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community to lead engaging, active lives and the new Birches bus will create many more opportunities for residents to do just that.

As an organisation we are so fortunate to have people who are willing to dedicate their time to bringing projects like this to fruition. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported this wonderful cause,” Mr Fitzgerald said.