Highland Ball raises $3000 for community's cancer bus

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Marion Pearce, Leonie Schumacher (Bathurst Community Transport) and Elaine Egan, handing over a cheque for $3,000.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Marion Pearce, Leonie Schumacher (Bathurst Community Transport) and Elaine Egan, handing over a cheque for $3,000.

THE CITY’S radiation bus has been given a $3000 boost thanks to a donation from the Bathurst Highland Society.

Marion Pearce, society vice president, and Elaine Egan, secretary, presented the cheque to Bathurst Community Transport’s executive officer Leonie Schumacher.

Mrs Schumacher said the donation “was simply wonderful”.

She said she was often amazed by the support the radiation bus received from the community.

“Since the radiation bus began six years ago, the support has been overwhelming,” she said.

“We started out in October 2012 with no funding. We needed $18,000 to start the service, and within four days we had $18,000 plus and the service has never looked back.”

Mrs Schumacher said the radiation bus provides much more than just transport for those who use it.

“It’s about spending time with people who understand what you’re going through. People have ended up with lifelong friends.”

Mrs Pearce said the Highland Society raised the money through its annual Bathurst debutante ball. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, money raised is given to a charity each year.

Mrs Pearce said the radiation bus was a great choice.

“You never know if you will need to be on that bus one day,” she said.