Bertha gets things mov­ing

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Danielle Harry, Liam Bartlett, Craig Rogers, David Metliss, Tanya-Jane Elk­ing­ton and Scott John­son with their new van.

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