MURWILLUMBAH cadet unit founder Chris Chrisostomos, Murwillumbah RSL sub-branch president Derek Sims and Services Club CEO Guy Diven with the newly-acquired bus. Photo: Supplied
MURWILLUMBAH cadet unit founder Chris Chrisostomos, Murwillumbah RSL sub-branch president Derek Sims and Services Club CEO Guy Diven with the newly-acquired bus. Photo: Supplied

$10k puts wheels in motion

THE RSL sub-branch of Murwillumbah is the proud owner of a new community bus servicing the town and the Tweed Coast.

The 22-seat bus was purchased following a $10,000 donation from the Murwillumbah Services Club earlier this year.

The club’s CEO Guy Diven and the board of directors approved the donation after being approached by RSL sub-branch president Derek Sims for help in solving difficulties they kept facing each time they organised travel by members to other clubs and regions.

Mr Sims said the second-hand Toyota bus would be used primarily for day trips taken by RSL members but would also be available for any ex-services-affiliated groups in the region.

That included those outside Murwillumbah such as at Kingscliff and Pottsville.

“Various groups such as cadets, Legacy, national servicemen, war widows and Vietnam vets will be able to make use of the bus,” Mr Sims said.

“We’ve needed it for years and the cadets will use it fairly frequently.

“Ever since we’ve had cadets we’ve always needed something. They go off on bivouacs which comes out of either donations or the parents have to pay.”

Mr Sims said “not too many” other RSL sub-branches had their own buses to provide transport for members and affiliated groups.

“A few managed to grab hold of some after the Olympics to use for their day club and things like that,” he said.

“That was mainly down Sydney way because they have got a bit more money.

“The bus also gives us a chance on occasions to take out people who are socially isolated.”

Inquiries about the use of the bus can be directed to Ken Liddelow at the Murwillumbah Services Club on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings by calling 02 6672 1388 or after hours on 02 6679 4282.



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