Country music to raise cash for bus

FUNDRAISER: Marjory Jose, Jenny Schimek, Malcolm Fuchs and Cactus Martens.
FUNDRAISER: Marjory Jose, Jenny Schimek, Malcolm Fuchs and Cactus Martens.

A large fundraising effort is being conducted at Helping Hand Aged Care's Lealhome residential home to raise funds for a new bus.

Since February, the local community have helped to pitch in $25,752 of the $87,000 needed to replace their five seater bus to a nine seater.

The new bus would enable more residents to participate in social outings as well as heading to local appointments.

Yet with $61,248 still needed to secure the bus, the homes will be hosting a Country Music Afternoon at the Country Music Hall on Afton Street on August 18 from 1pm until 4pm.

With a $10 admission fee, those attending will be blessed with the sounds of Cactus Martens and provided with an afternoon tea afterwards.

The home's residential service manager Shirley Waldhuter says that the new bus would allow residents who have difficulty moving outside the home, and with no family to take them out, to have valuable opportunities to socialise.

"We know our residents enjoy going on outings and that staff morale is also boosted during our visits to various sites around Port Pirie," Ms Waldhuter said.

The homes will be running several other fundraising events to help reach their target. This includes a stall at the Lighthouse Uniting Church Flower Show on August 29 to 31 their annual fete on September 29, a barbecue on October 24 in the CBD, bingo night on November 12 and a stall at the Christmas Tree festival on December 5 until 7.

Lealholme will kindly accept any donations towards the bus and those interested in donating can contact Julie Stanwix or Jenny Schimek at the homes on 8638 3555.