Bertha gets things moving
SPRING has arrived and with it a burst of activity at Cockburn not-for-profit Assisting Your Life to Achieve (AYLA).
The organisation has had plenty to celebrate in recent weeks, with the arrival of a new wheelchairaccessible 12-seater van bought with the help of a Lotterywest grant.
Co-founder David Metliss said AYLA Inc’s growth meant there was a mounting need to connect to the community, which the van fulfilled.
“We are now capable of more deliveries, pickups and the transportation of our clients, which is essential to the continuation and improvement of our services,” he said.
“Having ‘Bertha the positive bus’ means we are able to increase our emergency food relief service, connect isolated members of our community and be able to take residents of our accommodation services on day trips, team building workshops, events and even camping trips.”
The organisation is also preparing to launch two Butcher Pantries next month with Coolbellup Butchers – one at its main facility in Cockburn Central and one at Coolbellup Shopping Centre.
“The pantries will provide recycled containers to be used to store purchased goods without the need for single-use plastic,” Mr Metliss said.
The wider community can learn more about the organisation and the work it does during a Celebrate Spring Markets fundraiser at its McKinnon Street facility on October 6.
Visit www.aylainc.org. au or www.facebook. com/AYLA.inc.org.
Danielle Harry, Liam Bartlett, Craig Rogers, David Metliss, Tanya-Jane Elkington and Scott Johnson with their new van.