Shel­ter for health shuttle

Waikato News - - Front Page - Bethany Tiddy

The long-awaited health shuttle garage was of­fi­cially de­clared open for busi­ness on Thurs­day night.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity gath­ered in the new garage for re­fresh­ments, min­gling and speeches.

The garage was blessed and of­fi­cially opened by the Anglican Bishop of Waikato He­len-Ann Hart­ley.

The im­pres­sive 8.2m by 8.8m garage is the new se­cure home for health shut­tles which trans­port lo­cals to health ap­point­ments.

The project has been a com­mu­nity ef­fort be­tween the Te Awa­mutu Lions, Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Health Trans­port Trust, the Anglican Church and other com­mu­nity groups and busi­nesses.

Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Health Trans­port Trust pro­vided $20,000 to the project and the Te Awa­mutu Lions fundraised $23,000.

Many other lo­cal busi­nesses and groups pro­vided build­ing sup­plies and prac­ti­cal help to com­plete the garage.

The Anglican Church pro­vided land be­hind St John’s Anglican Church near Ge­orge Street.

“The build­ing fits in with our ethos to serve the com­mu­nity,” says Anglican rev­erend Mur­ray Ol­son.

Waipa Dis­trict Mayor Jim Mylchreest said the garage was a com­mu­nity as­set.

“The com­mu­nity has gone above and be­yond to help with the project.

“It will greatly ben­e­fit the lives of many peo­ple in the Waipa.”

Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Health Shuttle Trust chair­per­son Katherine O’Re­gan was un­able to at­tend the event, but was widely ac­knowl­edged for her drive and con­tri­bu­tion to the project. Her daugh­ter Su­san O’Re­gan de­liv­ered her mother’s speech and ac­cepted the garage key in her place.

The door-to-door health ser­vice was launched in March 2011 and since then the vans have been stored at vol­un­teer’s homes. But the Te Awa­mutu Lions de­cided it was time for shut­tles to be stored in a con­ve­nient, se­cure and cen­tral place.

They also wanted a project to cel­e­brate 100 years of work in the com­mu­nity.

The health shuttle garage key was of­fi­cially handed over to Kakepuku Ward Coun­cil­lor Su­san O’Re­gan (right), rep­re­sent­ing her mother Katherine O’Re­gan, who is Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Health Shuttle Trust chair­per­son, by Te Awa­mutu Lions pres­i­dent John...

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