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Volunteer initiative does 68,000km

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January 10, 2018

Volunteers of the Community Accessibility program enjoying a morning tea at the Mulwala Water Ski Club.

A group of volunteers who work tirelessly for a worthy cause with the Community Accessibility program travelled more than 68,000 kilometres this year to assist people to get to Melbourne and various other appointments throughout the North East.

The selfless individuals were rewarded when they enjoyed a well-deserved morning tea at the Mulwala Water Ski Club on Tuesday, December 5 with approximately 17 of the 22 volunteers attending the morning tea, offering a chance for the volunteers to catch up and celebrate another fabulous year of supporting the local community.
Since 1998 Community Accessibility has provided a variety of services and programs in the North East and beyond, enabling independence within the whole Hume Region.
Along with the new transport service, they also provide the Access Spot in King George Gardens Wangaratta, Your Supports Disability Support Services and many training programs.
Locally the Yarrawonga and District Community Car began in 2013 and in this last year alone has provided friendly community transport options to over 600 local passengers.
It has also travelled over 68,000 kilometres to assist people to get to Melbourne and many appointments throughout the North East.
The transport program is now managed by Community Accessibility in Wangaratta and is a volunteer supported community service that provides transport to local residents who are not able to access other forms of transport.
Due to an increased demand for transport within the Yarrawonga area a second vehicle was implemented by Community Accessibility Inc to better support the local community.
“The service is available to any person living within the Yarrawonga community who is unable to access public or private transport for a variety of reasons.” said Bridget Hourigan, Area Manager for Community Accessibility Inc.
“The main aim is to help local residents get to appointments and gatherings outside of the Moira Shire, like to Albury Wodonga, Wangaratta and Melbourne.  
“As the service is a not for profit program, a nominated donation amount is requested for each trip to assist with the running costs of the vehicle.”
Recently one of the vehicles used to transport patients was purchased thanks to the kind donations and support of several local services and organisations in MHA Care, Yarrawonga Community Opp Shop, Moira Shire, Rotary Club of Yarrawonga Mulwala, Pigdons Motors and Alexandra Park group.
Community Accessibility envisage that the transport service will continue to have a long-term place in the Yarrawonga area and will continue to be a shining example of community helping community.  
However, volunteers are what is needed to make it work.
“Volunteer time can be as little as once a week or one day a month, it is very flexible and relaxed,” said Mrs Hourigan.  
“This service relies on volunteers that want to be a part of a very social volunteering opportunity and those that like to drive.
“All Community Accessibility volunteers receive continual training and ongoing support as the service would not be possible without the fabulous support of local volunteers, and the organisation are seeking more local residents whom are keen to get involved as volunteer drivers.”
For further information on volunteering or using this fabulous service, please visit the community accessibility website at www.communityaccessability.com.au, by phone on
03 5721 3045 or by email at amwang@gettingthere.net.au.

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