The Wheels on the Bus Bring Smiles All Around

May 6, 2012 by Ayal Tusia
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A new commuter bus donated by a generous group of women is providing a change of scenery and routine for elderly Jewish Care residents in Melbourne.

Enjoying their new bus

The Toyota Hiace bus has been donated from money raised by the Friends of Montefiore, led by their hardworking Chair, Delysia Pahoff, for residents of the Montefiore Homes Community Residence.

“We are so thrilled to see the arrival of the bus for Jewish Care. Regular outings make such a difference to the quality of life for residents, and this is our aim, to help bring enjoyment and pleasure to our aged,” said Delysia Pahoff.

“Variety is the spice of life, especially for our aged care residents – it is so important to offer a range of activities which support independence, social connectivity and overall physical well-being,” said Bill Appleby, CEO of Jewish Care.

“The new bus will increase opportunities for more of our residents to get out and about – to go on an excursion, visit a place of interest, attend an event or concert, or just go for a drive to the beach or park to see the beautiful autumn leaves.”

Friends of Montefiore have successfully run their flagship annual fundraising and social event for the last 28 years, raising more than $850,000 towards furniture, audio equipment and specialised medical equipment to enhance the quality of life of our aged care residents.

This year the committee hopes to raise another $70,000 for a second and much needed commuter bus.

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