Volunteers needed for Waroona car service

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Waroona Community Car volunteers Ross Maff, Carol Hull and Kerry Shore are looking for new drivers to help take people to their medical appointments.
Camera IconWaroona Community Car volunteers Ross Maff, Carol Hull and Kerry Shore are looking for new drivers to help take people to their medical appointments. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore / Harvey-Waroona Reporter

The Waroona Community Car committee hopes to attract new volunteers now that many drivers have left town for winter.

The community car has been taking people to their medical appointments since 1995, when a group at the Senior Citizens Welfare Inc got the concept off the ground thanks to a WA Lotteries Commission grant.

The car has been kept going over the years through further grants, fundraising and donations, as well as a fleet of dedicated volunteers prepared to give up their time, often on short notice.

Now that many of the drivers have headed up north for a winter break, the committee has put the call out for volunteers to get behind the wheel.

“The community car is used to take people to their medical appointments from Joondalup to Busselton and anywhere in between,” committee secretary Carol Hull said.

“We have baby car seats and a wheelchair so we can take anyone or their children to their medical appointments.

“The only restriction we have is that people bring along their carer if they need one.”

Ross Maff has been a volunteer driver for the service for more than six years and feels it is his way of giving back to the community.

“Community involvement is what it boils down to, plus it’s a great way to meet new people,” Mr Maff said.

“Some people have a lot of history to share and are great to talk to.

“They are real characters, some of them.”

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer driver, or who may need to use the service as a patient, can contact the Waroona Community Resource Centre.

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