A Northern Beaches not-for-profit community organisation has received a grant of $4,980 to purchase a defibrillator and GPS trackers to improve the safety of their clients.
Easylink, which offer transport and shuttle options for senior citizens living on The Northern Beaches, received the grant from their Federal Member for Parliament, Jason Falinski MP.
Mr Falinski visited the Easylink headquarters in Cromer and met with their General Manager, Dan Giles to discuss how the grant would be used.
“Easylink provides community transport services to 4,500 of the more vulnerable members of our Northern Beaches community.” Mr Giles stated.
“This is made possible thanks to the dedication of over 60 hardworking volunteers. The Volunteer Grant has allowed us to purchase GPS safety devices and a portable defibrillator to provide an extra level of safety and security for those using community transport services.”
“These devices not only protect those travelling with us but also provide peace of mind for the wonderful volunteers supporting our service.”
Mr Falinski has met with Easylink staff and volunteers a number of times since he came to office, including going on a ‘ride-along’ in 2016, meeting customers and volunteers.
“Since being elected, I have been fortunate enough to see firsthand the amazing work Easylink do.” Mr Falinski said.
“Working with senior Australians, safety and healthcare is a top priority to Dan and his team. This grant will help them keep their clients safe as they travel to and from their appointments.”
“Organisations like Easylink are a big party of turning suburbs, into communities.”
Easylink is a popular service on the Northern Beaches, for seniors and those with a disability who need assistance getting to appointments, or even just getting out of the house. On the Easylink website, Pam from Elanora Heights has said: “I cannot speak highly enough of the lovely staff… and the drivers who are just so willing to help you and are caring of you.”
The grant was awarded under the Volunteer Grants Program – 2019-20, delivered on behalf of the Department of Social Services. The program aims to strengthen relationships, support families, improve wellbeing of children and young people, reduce the cost of family breakdown and strengthen family and community functioning.