STAFF, parents and children from Diamond Valley Special Developmental School Whittlesea Campus have been working hard to raise money for a mini bus to transport students.

A mini bus would allow the school to transport students in wheelchairs and low mobility access to activities and excursions and allow them to engage with the community.

The new bus will require modifications to allow the transportation of students in wheelchairs, including the removal of seats and a wheelchair hoist system, the school needs around $75,000 to be able to purchase the 12-seater Renault bus.

Rotary assisted the school last year with some monetary donations for an upgraded outdoor space and has continued to support the school in its campaign for a bus.

DVSDS Whittlesea Campus Parents and Friends representative Trudy Whewell said they have been blown away by the locals.

“We have been overwhelmed with the support of the community towards our students however now we need to improve our access around the community locally and surrounding areas,” she said.

“We have been working with and are continually seeking support from community groups and businesses in order to raise funds for our wish to purchase our own mini bus to transport our students around so that they can regularly engage in the community and surrounding areas.

”In order to raise money, the school will be hosting a sausage sizzle at Bunnings in Mill Park on Sunday, December 16 and has also entered a gingerbread house competition worth $5000 at Pacific Epping which is open for public voting.

Any donations are welcome and would be greatly appreciated. To donate, call teachers Deb Rofe or Shelley Daisley on 0428 289 930 or Trudy Whewell on 0405 326 485.

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