Van donation helps keep volunteer palliative care service on the road
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.