GOLD COAST Cancer patients will be able to continue using a charity bus service to get to and from treatments, after Council this morning approved funding to keep it operating.
During a special budget meeting, council agreed to handover $140,000 to keep Monique’s Buses on the road until mid-2015.
The service helps transport cancer patients to and from treatments at several Gold Coast hospitals, but faced closure this year due to lack of funding.
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Last year alone, Monique’s buses made more than 10,000 trips and serviced 864 different patients.
Former Mayor Ron Clarke founded the service in 2009 after his daughter Monique passed away that year from cancer.
Volunteering Gold Coast CEO Richard Patterson said $140,000 is much needed as there has been an increase in demand for the service.
“We have had a 40% increase in demand for clients to access our service in the last couple of months and we added a fourth vehicle to overcome the shortfall of transport for clients. Many of these clients undertake treatments day after day for several weeks at a time,” he said.
Mr Patterson noted that families, neighbours and friends are greatly challenged if they have to spend intensive amounts of time taking their loved ones to and from treatments at Oncology units.
“Oncology units do a great job with the patients and our partnership with seven hospitals has enabled almost 1,000 Gold Coast citizens to access timely treatment over the last year.”