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Donation to Barwon Health Volunteer Transport Program

Updated: May 8, 2018

Zoe Waters (centre) from Barwon Health receives a cheque for the Voluntary Transport Program from Drysdale Rotary Club President Catherine Eagleson (left) and Caroline Rickard (right)

Concurrent to each years Annual Easter Art Show, the Rotary Club of Drysdale runs an annual Art Show raffle. The Club has enjoyed supporting many and various programs with the funds raised including Cystic Fibrosis Geelong and Andrew Love Cancer Centre. This year the Club chose to support the Barwon Health Rotary Volunteer Patient Transport Program.

The Barwon Health Rotary Volunteer Patient Transport Program provides volunteer drivers taking patients to important medical appointments when they are unable to get there themselves. They transport approx. 17,100 patients per annum in five cars funded by eleven local Rotary Clubs. Funding covers the running costs of the cars including cost of fuel, servicing and tyres. The cars are very clearly marked with a large Rotary Logo, look out and you will notice the cars in our neighbourhood.

At our last Club meeting Zoe Waters from Barwon Health came and spent some time explaining the programs benefits. To her surprise the Rotary Club of Drysdale made a presentation of a cheque for $5500 towards the Patient Transport Program, proceeds from the raffle. When presented with the cheque Zoe said “The volunteer drivers will be moved to tears because of this donation”. The volunteers are devoted to their driving and desire to be able to continue making a difference in the lives of their patients. 

If you were one of the many people who bought a raffle ticket your support was instrumental in making this valuable donation to an exceptionally worthwhile local cause.


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