Auction will support Hythe Continuing Care’s efforts for new wheels

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Hythe Continuing Care Centre (HCCC) staff and residents are continuing their efforts to secure a new bus to keep residents out and about.

An online auction running today until Saturday will raise funds for the bus, benefitting the residents of Alberta Health Services’ long-term care facility.

“The bus is needed because in our facility, we have people who are at the long-term care level of the spectrum,” said Maxine Rowe, a co-organizer of the auction.

“It’s not easy for family members to put them in a car and take them somewhere, and the buses are wheelchair-accessible.”

Rowe said HCCC set out to raise approximately $100,000 for a bus, though it’s possible steel tariffs might require the facility to raise more.

As well, she said approximately $15,000 may be needed for the purchase of a covering to ensure the new bus isn’t exposed to the elements, like the old one was.

Haley Genovese, HCCC recreation therapy assistant, told the News last year she is aiming for a larger bus than the old unit, possibly fitting 10 passengers.

HCCC has raised $80,000 so far, which Rowe said was achieved through fundraisers such as raffles and rug sales, with the rugs made by residents.

Last year, Canadian Natural Resources Limited also donated $15,000 toward the new bus.

Rowe said HCCC is planning for a casino fundraiser in Grande Prairie in December, though it’s unsure if the event will go ahead amid rising COVID numbers.

The pandemic and challenges in hosting in-person events also moved HCCC to have an online silent auction, she said.

It will be held on Facebook, with participants able to enter bids by commenting on posts, she said.

It will feature approximately 70 items donated by community members, including gift certificates, photo prints, baked goods, canning baskets, Christmas ornaments and more, Rowe said.

“There’s something for everyone,” she said.

The auction runs on the page Hythe Continuing Care Bus Money from 6 p.m. today until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News