The Trillium Manor long-term care home is working to replace an aging bus to keep its residents involved in the community.
On Wednesday evening, the home hosted a classic car show – featuring a 50-50 draw and steak-on-a-bun barbecue – as part of its ongoing fundraising campaign spanning the past several years.
To date, the Give a Lift bus campaign has raised close to $150,000 of the required $180,000 toward a new bus.
Resident council vice president Marg Burt says having a bus provides residents with a morale boost, as it brings them beyond their accommodations and back into the community.
A bus allows residents "to get outside and do things and meet others – it's wonderful,” she told OrilliaMatters. “It means we can get out of our room and we can go out for a country drive, or we can go to another program.”
Trillium Manor uses its bus to take residents on a drive through the country, to take them on Christmas light tours during the holidays, to church services, local restaurants, and more.
“It just means that we're not tied up. It just gives us freedom,” Burt said.
Getting involved with the community is particularly important for residents during the transition out of the pandemic, said program support supervisor Crystal Rosewell.
“It's just so important to keep people connected to the community because it gives you an awareness of what's going on outside your own four walls, and I think everyone can relate during COVID when we were all inside,” Rosewell explained. “Now people want to get out, and it's no different for residents who live in long-term care.”
Attended by numerous community members, Wednesday’s classic car show came together after a number of people responded to a call put out by Trillium Manor.
“We put it out to the community and asked them if they would come and bring their classic cars, not only for a fundraiser but also because it brings back so many memories for the residents,” Roswell said. “We're just so thrilled to see so many people here today.”
Without the community’s ongoing support, the goal of getting a new bus would not be possible, Roswell said.
“I would just like to thank the community for their incredible support,” she said. “They always show up at our events, and they're always so generous, and without their support we wouldn't be able to do this.”
People who wish to donate to the campaign may contact Trillium Manor directly, or donate through their website.