It was an exciting week for Moyola Aged Care as their Bus Fund Appeal met its target.
After beginning their journey in June last year with a donation from the Tatura Lions Club, there was cause for celebration as the club delivered the final donation on Thursday, April 5.
Moyola Aged Care lifestyle co-ordinator Carmel Wearne said the bus would be an important new resource.
‘‘It will be fantastic to take residents out, be able to book things and plan lots of activities,’’ Ms Wearne said.
‘‘We’ve never had a bus, so we’ve struggled to take the residents out. The residents are over the moon about it.’’
The target of $40000 was reached with the goal of purchasing a bus with special features.
These include the ability to carry up to two wheelchair passengers and 10 seated passengers at the same time and the ability to be driven by a car-licensed driver.
Moyola Aged Care president John Lowe received the final cheque of $9500, the profits made from the Tatura Lions Club TatFest event in March.
‘‘We like to donate to worthy causes and projects and this was an obvious choice,’’ Tatura Lions Club member and chair of the Tatfest committee Malcolm Campbell said.
Local schools, events, businesses, families and community groups contributed to the fundraising efforts.
‘‘I would like to thank the whole community as this will help improve the wellbeing of our residents by getting out in the fresh air and seeing new things,’’ Ms Wearne said.
‘‘Tatura is a very giving town with both their time and their money,’’ Mr Lowe said.
With the help of a local bus proprietor, Moyola Aged Care is currently looking at their options and hopes to have a bus within months.