Car aids centre

ELDERLY people living in Rosewood will have better access to doctors after a new car was given to the Rosewood Community Centre.

Last Wednesday the centre received a 2007 Ford Falcon Centurion wagon which will provide volunteers with a reliable means of transport when taking people to appointments.

Rosewood Community Centre co-ordinator Donna Hanlon said the volunteers had been forced to use their own transport for the past four years since the program, Medilink, first started.

“The program first started because we as a community identified there was a need to get our elderly to important doctor or dentist appointments,” Mrs Hanlon said.

“For a person in Rosewood to use a maxi cab to get them into Ipswich it costs about $100 and people can’t afford that.

“The car was provided to the centre under the social participation project run by the Department of Communities and being a wagon it will come in very handy when transporting people with walkers.”

The late Ted Cole was the first volunteer to help transport residents to appointments and generously donated his time and his car to help the community.

“If it were not for Ted we would not have been able to offer our Medilink service for as long as we have,” Ms Hanlon said.

Following his passing 15 months ago, Ted’s wife Janelle took over his role and began donating her time to help residents he had previously helped.


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