Grant gets bus on road for the Lions

Eastern Reporter - - News In Brief -

MIRRA­BOOKA-based Ed­mund Rice Cen­tre’s ath­letes now have eas­ier trans­port to and from train­ing and games after the cen­tre re­ceived a $40,000 Fed­eral Govern­ment grant to buy a new bus.

Cen­tre staff also use the bus to de­liver com­mu­nity out­reach pro­grams to schools, ser­vice providers and res­i­dents. Deputy direc­tor Christina Ward said the bus con­trib­uted to higher at­ten­dance num­bers and im­proved abil­ity to pick up peo­ple who would be un­re­li­able in mak­ing ap­point­ments.

“Our staff can take it out dur­ing the week and we some­times loan it to other or­gan­i­sa­tions in des­per­ate need of trans­port op­tions,” she said.

Stir­ling MHR Michael Keenan said the cen­tre’s foot­ball team, the Ed­mund Rice Lions, faced years of dif­fi­culty get­ting to games.

“For the ma­jor­ity of the play­ing group this bus is their only form of trans­port to and from their week­end sports events,” he said.

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