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New VPAC shuttle bus to ease burden for rural families

Publish Date: 8/12/2016

A brand new, nine seater Volkswagen Carvelle ‘VPAC Shuttle Bus’ will provide free transport to support the 15 regional and rural families living in the Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre (VPAC).

Providing practical and emotional support from the Leukaemia Foundation’s onsite support services staff, the modern facility which opened in April 2016 is centrally located in North Melbourne, directly across the road from the new state-of-the-art Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

The new VPAC Shuttle Bus and Patient Transport Hub has been made possible thanks to the generous support from Gandel Philanthropy and will run on a circuit between the VPAC and surrounding hospitals.

The Patient Transport Hub will take the pressure off families requiring transportation to and from appointments who may not have their own vehicle and for people undergoing blood cancer treatment who cannot catch public transport due to a weakened immune system. 

“The VPAC Shuttle Bus will ease the burden for families staying at our accommodation centre, who may have limited transport options and ensure they get to their appointments safely and on time” said Meaghan Bush, Acting General Manager for Victoria and Tasmania.

 “It will allow patients and their families to focus on their treatment and the things they enjoy,” said Ms Bush.

The VPAC Shuttle Bus will be driven by our dedicated team of volunteer drivers from early 2017.

In the near future, the bus may provide an opportunity for social outings for families, such as visiting the local Queen Victoria Market or Melbourne Zoo. 

If you would like to become a volunteer driver or have time available to assist the Leukaemia Foundation in helping families impacted by a blood cancer, you can find out more or contact us today on 1800 620 420.

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