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St Michaels Aged Care on track to get new wheels

13 Mar 2018

Brenda (St Michael’s Nurse Manager), John (resident) and his daughter Fiona

Residents of St Michaels Aged Care Facility in Murrumbeena will soon be enjoying the wind in their hair thanks to some help from the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project.

The Project team is helping to raise funds for a Trishaw bike so local resident can enjoy the new parkland and pathways that are being created underneath the elevated rail.

Trishaw bikes are specially designed electric-assisted bikes – like a couch on wheels. These bikes have room for two passengers and are piloted by a trained chauffer.

Nurse Manager, Brenda Wells, has been dreaming of the day she can take residents out on these bikes and soon this will be a reality.

The home has already ordered one bike and after fundraising efforts are complete they will have enough money to purchase a second. This will ensure that four residents can enjoy the new parkland together.

The Project is aiming to fundraise $14,000 with all money raised will go towards purchasing the bike, plus on-road costs such as training, safety gear, garaging and insurance.

Fundraising efforts kicked off in early February with a raffle boasting prizes generously donated by Hughesdale and Carnegie traders. The raffle was drawn late last week (Thursday 8 March) with St Michaels residents taking it in turns to pick the winning tickets.

First off the mark to draw a winning ticket was John (pictured), who is one of many excited residents who’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bike.

John, who is also a bit of a green thumb, said he can’t wait to get out and enjoy the new bike in the open space.

“I’m also looking forward to seeing all the new native plants in the parkland,” he said.

Throughout the year we’ll be organising several fund-raising initiatives so stay tuned for ways to get involved.

Or watch a video for the new Caulfield to Dandenong Open Space.

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