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CTST honours hard-working volunteers

COMMUNITY Transport Service Tasmania (CTST) showed its appreciation to its 300-plus volunteers when it hosted a special district luncheon in early April.

A not-for-profit organisation funded through government programs, CTST provides social and non-emergency medical transport to frail aged, disabled and disadvantaged members of the community, including carers.

Held at the Dunalley Hotel, the luncheon recognised the efforts of volunteers from the south east, Eastern Shore and Tasman districts who work tirelessly to help disadvantaged Tasmanians.

CTST chief executive officer Lyndon Stevenson said the luncheon was an opportunity for volunteers to come together, enjoy a meal, have a laugh and unwind.

“It was a great opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their dedication to their local community and their ongoing and unwavering commitment to CTST,” he said.

CTST services include transport for shopping, doctor’s appointments, paying bills, visits to the hairdressers or family and friends, and transport to and from the airport.

With 12-districts statewide and a fleet of 70 vehicles, wheelchair accessible transport is available in most areas.

All vehicles are driven by friendly local volunteers, some of whom have been with CTST for up to 20-years.

During the luncheon, volunteers shared their experiences as CTST volunteer drivers and their satisfaction in being able to assist their community.

“Most evident was the empathy expressed toward our clients and the general relationships that have been forged over time,” Mr Stevenson said.

“CTST is always eager to hear from people with time to spare to be volunteer drivers and assist the frail elderly and younger people with disabilities in the community.”

For more information about Community Transport Service Tasmania, visit www.ctst.org.au or phone 1800 781 033.

Existing clients and volunteers can contact their local district coordinator.

Caption: CTST volunteers from the Eastern Shore, south east and Tasman districts were recognised for their hard work at a special district luncheon in early April.

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