Cooloola Coast Medical Transport Faces Increased Demand

Volunteers David Copus, Brad Wands and Andrew Yeeles getting the Medical Transport vehicles ready for clients

Volunteers David Copus, Brad Wands and Andrew Yeeles getting the Medical Transport vehicles ready for clients

Cooloola Coast Medical Transport (CCMT) provides non-urgent transport for scheduled medical appointments from Brisbane to Hervey Bay and points in between.

In the past three months our number of trips continued to grow and compared to the same time last year, we were up 34% in the number of return trips made.

We are now closely monitoring the times that we cannot satisfy a client’s request, which can arise when all our cars are booked or when we cannot find a volunteer driver for the trip.

If a client is left to find alternatives then it comes down to changing the appointments or seeking help from friends/family – a situation we want to eliminate.

Recent volunteer recruitment activities have yielded four additional volunteer drivers for training later this month and we hope that this will provide us with greater confidence in driver availability to allow us to seek funding to get an eighth car into service.

We recently replaced two of our smaller cars with new small SUVs, bringing our number of small SUVs to four plus three small sedans.

The SUVs have proved popular with our clients since they provide much easier access for those with back ailments and the like.

Funds for this replacement had to come from our cash reserves and trade-in values, however, we have our sights firmly set on a major grant for the next three replacements due in January-March 2020.

It is not only our clients to which we are responsible, but also to our volunteers and we are currently planning fundraising to get some shade-sails erected alongside our garages, so that with summer approaching our car-care team is not sweltering in the morning sun and reflected heat from our concrete driveway when cleaning/preparing cars every weekend ready for the week ahead.

As always we greatly appreciate the community’s support through our raffles, bingo and money boards.

Neil Goodyer – CCMT President – 5486 2488