The smaller of the two vans owned by the Castor-Halkirk Community Van Society needs to be replaced. (Photo submitted)

The smaller of the two vans owned by the Castor-Halkirk Community Van Society needs to be replaced. (Photo submitted)

Castor-Halkirk Community Van Society fundraising for new vehicle

Estimated budget is around $80,000

The Castor/Halkirk Community Van Society is back to fundraising.

This time the group is raising funds to replace the small handivan, which is nearing the end of its service life.

Purchased in 2011 to supplement the 12-person passenger van, the small van is used for individuals and their caregivers, if required, to get to medical appointments both around town and in the cities.

According to a release by the society, the small van made 190 trips in 2021; in 2022, that number was nearly doubled with 360 trips.

Due to the age and mileage of the vehicle — it has over 180,000 kilometres on it — the society is looking to raise funds and replace it with a wheelchair accessible Dodge Caravan, or something similar, to allow for a little more room for clients while still remaining somewhat efficient to operate.

“We feel the safety of our passengers is very important,” said society treasurer Shelly Pals.

The society is looking at a budget of around $80-85,000 for the new vehicle.

Anyone wishing to donate towards the new vehicle can make cheques payable to , O.L.R. Hospital Auxiliary, Box 164, Castor, Albert, T0C 0X0. Donors are asked to indicate “new van fund” on the donation, and tax receipts will be issued.

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