Covid-19 might have put an end to many activities at the Parata rest-home but a new bus is making amends for that.
The rest-home, which is overseen by the Parata Anglican Charitable Trust, has officially taken over a 23-seater bus largely paid for by The Trusts Community Foundation after the Mataura Licensing Trust recommended an $80,000 grant be made.
The bus is about a year old and has about 37,000km on the clock.
Rest-home manager Mary Pullar said the timing of the bus’ purchase was “special”.
“It is our 50th birthday and we cannot celebrate as we have planned, so the bus is a really nice gift.”
Level 2 restricted the movement of rest-home residents in terms of visiting family or attending appointments, but having the bus meant residents could now leave the rest-home on outings.
“Our residents are loving being out.”
At present the day centre clients were unable to come to the rest-home’s programme, but now the bus could pick them up from home and take them on trips.
“The bus brings huge pleasure and joy.”
The bus could go out whenever a driver was available.
Rest-home resident Shirley Miller said she was enjoying trips in the bus.
MLT president Horace McAuley said the trust was pleased to support the rest-home.
“To be honest, this is what we are about.
“We [have] to get out and spend our profits on the community and what better way?”
He expected some of the Gore trust members would be using the bus in the future.