Wheels keep turning for bus upgrade

LION'S GENEROSITY: Incoming and outgoing Lion's Club presidents Brenton McMillan and Dave Taylor presented the cheque to BACS CEO Michael Filsell. (Caroline Hammat: 417266)

Caroline Hammat

Fundraising for the new Boneham Aged Care Services (BACS) bus received a boost last week when the Lions Club Millicent presented BACS CEO Michael Filsell with a $10,000 cheque to help replace their current 16 year old vehicle.

During the presentation Lions Club 2023-2024 president Dave Taylor said the club had originally planned to donate $5,000 but after a couple of successful fundraising months they doubled the generous donation.

“It’s a community project and if it’s not us that is going to be using it it’s our parents, there is no doubt about that” he said.

“It’s needed in the community.”

Mr Taylor spoke highly of the facility and the work the staff have achieved under the direction of CEO Michael Filsell.

“It is one of the higher rated aged care facilities in South Australia.

“The last few years since covid, it was bad enough for the general public, never mind running aged care facilities.

“When you look at the figures at what happend in other places in Australia Michael and his staff did an awesome job.”

Mr Filsell thanked the club on behalf of the board, the staff and Boneham residents for their ongoing support.

“The bus trip is one of the most valued things that the residents look forward to on site,” he said.

“They go anywhere from looking for the Tantanoola tiger, out to Beachport for ice cream, to medical appointments.

“Even with our recent covid outbreaks we had our lifestyle staff all dressed up in their chemical suits taking the residents with covid out of the facility, so they could get out for some fresh air and have a look at the sunshine.

“To replace the bus had been paramount in the board’s endeavours.”

The new Ford Transit van will be the same make as the current one and has been ordered through local dealership Mac Ford.

The bus has been built and Mr Filsell is currently waiting for a shipping update before a delivery date can be confirmed.

“Once it arrives we need a wheelchair lifter fitted in Adelaide before taking delivery” he said.

“Currently we are $10K short of our total but the response has been overwhelming from the local community.”

For further enquiries regarding sponsorship options or donations please contact Boneham Aged Care Services.