Aliant Pioneers do­nate to CREST

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Editorial -

When the se­niors’ trans­porta­tion project was in­tro­duced in Clarenville three and one-half years ago, right away the Aliant Pioneers be­came part of this in­valu­able ser­vice.

CREST (Clarenville Re­gion Ex­tended Se­niors’ Trans­porta­tion) is a Clarenville and area trans­porta­tion ser­vice for peo­ple who live within a 20-km ra­dius of the town of Clarenville, are over the age of 60, or over age 25 and con­fined to a wheel­chair.

The six­teen-pas­sen­ger/8wheel­chair bus op­er­ates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon­day to Fri­day in 12 com­mu­ni­ties—Clarenville, Mil­ton, Ge­orge’s Brook, Har­court, Ran­dom Heights, El­liott’s Cove, Snook’s Har­bour, Deep Bight, Adey­town, Hil­lview, North West Brook, and Queen’s Cove.

The cost of op­er­at­ing CREST is cov­ered by a grant from the gov­ern­ment of New­found­land and Labrador, do­na­tions from or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Bell Aliant Pioneers, and fares col­lected from users.

Since 2014, the Bell Aliant Pioneers have been mak­ing mone­tary do­na­tions to CREST with their most re­cent do­na­tion tak­ing place in March 2018.

Not only are the Aliant Pioneers mak­ing an­nual do­na­tions to CREST, but their en­er­getic mem­bers are also vol­un­teer­ing as driv­ers, as­sis­tants, and in the book­ing of­fice.

The Aliant Pi­o­neer motto is “Peo­ple help­ing peo­ple” and that is just what Clarenville’s Aliant Pioneers are do­ing.

They have as­sisted a wide va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity ser­vice ef­forts in Clarenville and the sur­round­ing area such as Back­packs for Kids, Com­put­ers for Schools and com­mu­nity groups in­clud­ing se­niors, school lunch pro­gram, high­way cleanup, guide dog unit col­lec­tions, and youth and se­niors bowl­ing.

They have sup­ported var­i­ous char­i­ties, the Sal­va­tion Army Christ­mas Stock­ings, and the food banks in Bon­av­ista and Clarenville.

The CREST gov­ern­ing com­mit­tee is so pleased that the Aliant Pioneers added CREST to their list of com­mu­nity ser­vice ef­forts and would like to thank them for their con­tin­ued con­tri­bu­tions.

These con­tri­bu­tions will go a long way in help­ing to en­sure the CREST ser­vice con­tin­ues to oper­ate in Clarenville and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

CREST could not oper­ate with­out such tre­men­dous sup­port.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RAN­DOM AGE-FRIENDLY COM­MU­NI­TIES

Aliant pi­o­neer Ber­dina McGet­ti­gan presents cheque to CREST book­ing vol­un­teer Brenda Reid

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