It’s open! Hart of the village expands service that ‘means everything’

Norman Harvey, Hellan Whitney and Chris Barton cut the ribbon to officially open the HART office in Bonalbo.

Susanna Freymark

“It means everything to have this office open,” Hart chief executive Isaac Smith said before the ribbon was cut at the charity’s new office in Bonalbo today, Wednesday, October 11.

Hart has volunteer drivers who take people on medical appointments and organise social outings.

The organisation has an office in Lismore, an office was opened in Kyogle recently and now there’s one in Bonalbo housed in the Louisa Johnston Building with the Bonalbo Community Men’s Shed at the back. Hart also opened an office in Maclean.

The Hart staff at the new office in Bonalbo.

Hellan Whitney, Chris Barton and Norman Harvey cut the opening ribbon. Ms Whitney is president of the Louisa Johnston Centre, Mr Barton a Bonalbo client and Mr Harvey has been a volunteer driver for 15 years.

There are five cars and a team of 30 including staff and volunteers working out of Bonalbo.

“We love doing what we do,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s wrong if people in their senior years are left behind.”

Hart provides services people can’t get from other organisations, he said.

Here’s the story about the Hart office opening in Kyogle.

Ernest Hickling and Isaac Smith in Bonalbo.

Ernest Hickling was there. He is a new client from Jubullum.

“For 20 years we have been running a medical bus in Bonalbo. Jubullum and Muli Muli,” Mr Smith said.

The vital transport service has a new home in Bonalbo and today that was celebrated.

Kyogle councillors Janet Wilson, James Murray and Danielle Mulholland were at the official opening.

Catering was by Michelle Meadley from the Bonalbo Bowling Club.

People came to the official opening at Bonalbo. Photos: Susanna Freymark

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