Port Macquarie

Busways drivers all aboard for fruit box initiative

26 Aug 2015

Busways Laurieton Depot Operations Assistant Kaye Charlesworth delivers the proceeds of the Fruit Box initiative to a delighted Paediatrics Nurse Unit Manager, Cheryl Nolte.

BUSWAYS drivers in the Camden Haven have taken up the healthy-eating challenge and, in the process, have committed to raising funds for sick children at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

The Fruit Box Project is a state-wide initiative for Busways, with each depot choosing a beneficiary. The Laurieton depot chose the Paediatric Unit at Port Macquarie Base Hospital, which cares for children from throughout the Camden Haven, Hastings and Macleay.

Operations manager John Taylor said the idea was to get bus drivers eating healthier while having the chance to support a worthy local cause.

"This initiative is offered at all Busways depots," Mr Taylor said.

"The local fruit store delivers a box of delicious, healthy, in-season fruits each week and Busways employees are encouraged to place 50 cents in the collection tin for each piece of fruit they eat.

"We look forward to our employees munching through as much healthy, fresh produce as they can to raise money for the Paediatric Unit."

It's early days for the Laurieton depot's campaign, but so far they have handed over $688.30 to the Unit, with the promise of ongoing support.

"The idea is for our drivers to choose fruit rather than chips; to make the healthy alternative a daily routine," Mr Taylor said.

"It's good for our staff, it's good for local business and it's good for our community.

"We hope our ongoing commitment provides support to families who need it.

"We are extremely proud of our employees for being so eager to get on board with this initiative."

Paediatric Nurse Unit Manager Cheryl Nolte thanked Busways' Camden Haven team for thinking of the hospital's youngest patients.

"Every donation is greatly appreciated by our patients and their families," Ms Nolte said.

"We look forward to Busways' ongoing support and we thank them for it.

"Their gift makes a difference."

Excerpt from the Camden Courier, 18th August 2015.