Wednesday 23 January 2019

Rotary Club help get wheels moving on bus

It's full steam ahead for the Drogheda branch of the Alzheimer Society following the official launch of its new minibus.

A year ago, its old minibus reached the end of the road, having broken down repeatedly.

It provided a headache for the Tredagh Lodge Centre's manager, Helen Barron and the staff catering for the clients who are ferried there daily.

But, shoulders to the wheel, and with the considerable boost of a €10,000 donation from the local Local Rotary Club, a solution was found.

Rotary president-elect, Karl Allen, was on hand for the official launch, along with colleagues, Julian Grant and Paddy Prendergast.

A totally new vehicle proved to be out of price range but with the help of Martin Devin of Devin Motors a suitable minibus was purchased. The minibus has two wheelchair-accessible areas and, with other necessary equipment installed, it cost €35,000.

The Rotary Club also presented fund-raising chair, Ann Shortt, with a further €1,000 at the launch. This was the proceeds of a charity golf classic organised by Rotary.

Ms Shortt said the Rotary funding was a huge boost in their quest to replace the old minibus.

''Without their help, we would not have been able to do so. Every Euro we raise is vital as we also try to get the funding together for our new centre'', she said.

Also last week, the branch played its full part in the National Tea Day with a successful event at the Barbican. And branch chairman, Noel Heeney, also organised a Tea day at his shop in Balbriggan which yielded further funds.

The Drogheda branch has set itself a target of €800,000 for a new centre, with €300,000 still to be raised. Mr Heeney and Ms Shortt both thanked all who had helped and supported last week's events.

Drogheda Independent