Red Cross transport service kept busy

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The Eastern Southland Red Cross Transport service is grateful for any funding that comes its way, as it is needed to keep the service on the road.

The raffle money recently provided by the Eastern Southland Red Cross helps with expenses such as vehicle maintenance and registration.

One of the co-ordinators, Cheryl Mamanu, said the service had two vehicles, which were used to transport people from Eastern Southland, West Otago and South Otago to medical appointments.

“We take people to Invercargill and Dunedin,” she said.

There could be as many as five or six requests for transport a day.

“They [clients] like us because we are door-to-door. A lot of people are quite frail and we take them right in to their appointment.”

The service decided recently to provide a support person for clients as well as the driver. The support person could assist clients needing help to get in and out of vehicles, she said.

People should request a support person to go with them to appointments if help was needed, she said.

The service had 10 drivers and two co-ordinators, Mrs Mamanu and Karon Turipa.

The service was keen to attract more drivers to its ranks as it would mean the workload was spread out, she said.