Bus service to the rescue
TEAMWORK and perseverance were key ingredients that helped Richard Foo and his friend Gavin Sharpe successfully launch a bus service to transport people with special needs to work.
The impetus for the new bus service was Mr Foo’s mentally impaired brother Chick Foo (61), who lives in Langford with his elderly father.
Burswood resident Richard said his brother was employed by not-forprofit disability service provider Activ Foundation.
Due to funding changes brought about by the National Disability Insurance Scheme, last year Activ told families with relatives employed by the service that it was ceasing its transport service from July 1, 2017.
Mr Foo said families were asked to consider other means of transporting relatives employed in Activ workshops, including carpooling, public transport and taxis.
The options put forward were not feasible for many families, he said, particularly due to work commitments or ageing guardians and carers who didn’t drive.
Earlier this year, Mr Foo came up with a plan of putting on a single bus to help his brother and other Activ employees living close by get to work. Word got out and other families involved with Activ wanted to get onboard, he said.
“The phone calls came in thick and fast and I had to call in a friend to help,” he said.
It was then he contacted friend Mr Sharpe and the duo set about making the bus service idea a reality.
Mr Foo said they contacted the Disability Services Commission and obtained funding for the service.
This week, Horizons West started the new bus service transporting Activ clients between their homes and workshops.
“If they hadn’t come on board, it would have been almost an impossible task to get buses up and running,” Mr Foo said.
For more information contact Mr Foo or Mr Sharpe at info@ flyck.com.au. Horizons West managing director Greg Balla said four bus routes had been established to transport Activ clients from as far south as Success to other southern Perth suburbs including East Victoria Park, Palmyra, Armadale and Aubin Grove.
“We were approached by Gavin and Richard to help,” Mr Balla said. “There was a real need to help these people get to work.”
Richard Foo and brother Chick.