After months of fundraising efforts, Project Action formally unveiled their new van yesterday, to transport Bermuda’s elders and the physically challenged, and hosted an intimate tea for the first set of seniors to ride on the new bus.
The registered charity’s free transportation service battled a host of challenges over the past few years with their original ageing vehicle.
The new van was donated following a national appeal made last year, for corporate-community support to keep the charity’s head above water in the wake of increasing operational costs to run the free transportation service.
Thanks to the generous response in the spirit of corporate-community sponsorship, the new vehicle was made possible by Hanover Re and the Hamilton Rotary Club.
Hanover Re also hosted an intimate tea for the first group of seniors to ride in the new vehicle for the official launch on Friday at the Rosewood Tucker’s Point Resort.
The event was attended by residents from the Sylvia Richardson Rest Home and seniors who attend Ebenezer Methodist Church.
Coupled with donations and fundraising support by members of the community, including Project Action’s first annual Christmas Raffle last year, the much needed van was purchased.
Project Action’s Rose Douglas said this new vehicle affords the charity with “the opportunity to resume to provide free transportation outings to the island’s rest homes”.
“Our fundraising efforts must be ongoing to continue this essential free service that helps to relieve and ease the transportation deficits for Bermuda’s growing elder population.”
Head of the charity, Cindy Swan said: “After nearly closing down a year ago, we are now infused with new synergy from the generous donations from the broader community and especially Hanover Re and Hamilton Rotary Club members.
“The new vehicle was donated from a national appeal made last year, whereas, if we didn’t get immediate funds we would of been forced to shut down the charity,” she added.
“The community response and hence, the very much needed vehicle was purchased. And for that we are truly grateful.”
- Photo Courtesy of Project Action