Volunteers pool resources for early-bird swimmers

Bus driver Bruce Campbell, Letitia Shaw and MARC facility co-ordinator Adrian Timms.
Bus driver Bruce Campbell, Letitia Shaw and MARC facility co-ordinator Adrian Timms.

The service starts on Tuesday, July 8 and operates two days a week ” Tuesday and Thursday mornings ” at $4 a head to cover the cost of fuel.

Twenty-four and 11-seater buses provided by Billy Dower Youth Centre will be driven by volunteers.

MARC member Letitia Shaw has been swimming at the centre twice a week for 15 years and came up with the idea.

She raised the issue with MARC staff

So far 40 people have registered interest along with Bruce Campbell and Geoff Walker who will donate their time as drivers.

Mr Campbell was a truck driver and has been a volunteer driver since moving to Mandurah from Sydney in 1999.

He volunteers for People Who Care and Silver Chain and helped out at Ac-cent Mandurah.

Mr Walker has used the centre several times a week since 2004 and, as an early morning swimmer, put up his hand to drive the bus. He is also a volunteer and founding director of the Houses of Healing Foundation.

Tickets are available from MARC reception at 5.30am before departure at 5.40am, returning about 8.15am.