Van do­na­tion helps keep vol­un­teer pal­lia­tive care ser­vice on the road

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS -

A VOL­UN­TEER group that runs a de­liv­ery ser­vice to ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients was fac­ing the prospect of not be­ing able to meet its com­mit­ments be­cause their 20-year-old de­liv­ery van was strug­gling to main­tain the 1,000km a week sched­ule.

That’s when na­tional tim­ber man­u­fac­turer Hyne Tim­ber stepped in and do­nated a new van for the Ac­tive Plus vol­un­teers

Ac­tive Plus vol­un­teers de­liver pal­lia­tive care equip­ment to ter­mi­nally ill pa­tient’s homes to en­able them to spend their time with fam­ily and loved ones as op­posed to hav­ing to stay in a health care fa­cil­ity.

Items such as elec­tronic ad­justable beds and chairs are de­liv­ered to around 1500 peo­ple a year through­out the Wide Bay area so loved ones are bet­ter equipped to pro­vide the nec­es­sary sup­port from home.

Trav­el­ling over 1000km a week, their 20-year-old de­liv­ery van was un­re­li­able to say the least. With un­re­lent­ing main­te­nance costs, a brand new re­place­ment seemed like an im­pos­si­ble fundrais­ing mis­sion in the time needed to en­sure this ser­vice could con­tinue.

Ac­tive Plus is a ser­vice that falls un­der the um­brella of Fraser Coast TESS, a train­ing em­ploy­ment and sup­port ser­vice based in Mary­bor­ough since 1983.

Lance Stone, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Fraser Coast TESS, was lost for words when he heard the an­nounce­ment of the do­na­tion dur­ing a re­gional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment fo­rum.

“The Ac­tive Plus ser­vice is a very com­pas­sion­ate ser­vice run by in­cred­i­bly ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who also work hard to fundraise in an in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing eco­nomic cli­mate.

“We ap­proached Hyne Tim­ber in the hope of some form of sup­port but never an­tic­i­pated this com­pany would turn around and do­nate a brand new van.

“I was in shock and quite emo­tional, as were my col­leagues, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers of the ser­vice in what was an un­be­liev­able ges­ture of good­will.

“This is an ex­tremely gen­er­ous do­na­tion that will go so far in sup­port­ing the im­por­tant ser­vice de­liv­ery by Ac­tive Plus to our com­mu­nity dur­ing the most emo­tional times of peo­ple’s lives,” Mr Stone said.

Ac­tive Plus re­ceives lim­ited fund­ing fol­low­ing re­fer­rals from hos­pi­tals as their ser­vices of­ten ease the hos­pi­tal costs and pres­sure, how­ever, the fund­ing pre­dom­i­nately goes to the re­quired chem­i­cal clean­ing and not trans­port and other op­er­a­tional costs.

Dur­ing an event at the Brolga The­atre in Mary­bor­ough, Hyne Tim­ber’s CEO Jon Klein­schmidt of­fi­cially handed over the keys to the new van.

“Hyne Tim­ber has a long-stand­ing his­tory of sup­port­ing and in­vest­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties in which we op­er­ate, valu­ing an em­pa­thetic, phil­an­thropic ap­proach to sup­port­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions that pro­vide long term com­mu­nity ben­e­fit.

“In re­turn, we value com­mu­nity sup­port, part­ner­ships and ac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion to achieve growth and de­vel­op­ment for the re­gion.

“Ac­tive Plus is a hard work­ing group of vol­un­teers who de­liver a much ap­pre­ci­ated pal­lia­tive care ser­vice to ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients’ homes.

“Hyne Tim­ber con­sid­ered the do­na­tion of this van as an op­por­tu­nity for us to con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity by sup­port­ing vol­un­teers and safe­guard­ing the valu­able ser­vice you pro­vide to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies into the fu­ture,” Mr Klein­schmidt said.

The Do­nated Van, Hyne Tim­ber CEO Jon Klein­schmidt, Fraser Coast TESS CEO Lance Stone and the Ac­tive Plus Vol­un­teer Team. Photo: Hyne Tim­ber

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