LIFE was made a little easier for Vinnies Van volunteers recently thanks to a donation from Cadia Valley Operations.
A lightweight seat was installed in the van to allow volunteers access to the rear area of the vehicle in a safer manner.
One of the Vinnies Van coordinators Rosie Frecklington said the donation, worth $4019, was gratefully accepted.
“It [the previous seat] was just too heavy for the volunteers and I was afraid someone would hurt their back or shoulders,” she said.
Mrs Frecklington said the new seat allowed volunteers to access the rear of the van a lot more easily during each stop.
“It’s just so much easier now. It was really good of Cadia mine to do that,” she said.
“They’ve supported us from the very start and they’re still supporting us and we’re very grateful.”
Cadia social responsibility manager Nedra Burns said they had donated to the Vinnies Van on an annual basis for a several years.
“One of our key focuses is to provide funding to the disadvantaged section of the community,” she said.
“We tend to go back to projects that achieve good results and Rosie and the others do that.”
Ms Burns said they were pleased to be able to provide the new, lighter seat for the Vinnies Van volunteers.
“We ripped the old seat out and put in a new, much lighter seat that one person can move on their own,” she said.
Mrs Frecklington also thanked Ultra Tune mechanics in Orange who have donated an annual service to the van.