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Companies join forces to keep charity on the move

Tina Nash, the WindReach executive director, with Samantha Hillier, the therapeutic riding programme manager and Alex DeCouto from Greymane Ltd. (Photograph supplied)

A group of businesses teamed up to help a charity for the disabled get an all-terrain vehicle to help manage their sprawling site.

Construction firm Greymane, Best Shipping, design firm CTX and Stoltzfus Farm Equipment – a US based supplier – helped WindReach take delivery of the vehicle for its Warwick home.

A spokeswoman for the charity said Tina Nash, the WindReach executive director, approached Alex DeCouto, the president of Greymane, about the need for a new machine late last year and he contacted colleagues in Bermuda and overseas to help.

Ms Nash added: “We are a stronger community when we all come together to meet the ongoing needs of our people.

“At WindReach, we have to maintain a 4.5 acre property with grounds and animals on three different levels.

“We really needed a new RTV to maintain our operations and animal health – the one we had was more than 15 years old and was no longer fit for purpose.”

Mr DeCouto said: “Over the years I’ve been to WindReach many times for events, birthday parties and visits to the Animal Zone with my kids, and I knew about the great work that WindReach was doing for our special needs community.

“When Tina enquired about help sourcing a piece of equipment, we had just recently sourced a replacement forklift ourselves, so the process was fresh in my mind.”

He said Graymane got in touch with Dean Stoltzfus of Stoltzfus Export, who was happy to help.

Mr DeCouto added that he also contacted the principals of CTX and Best, who he had known since high school, who also volunteered to assist.

He said: “One of the aspects of the construction industry that keep many of us motivated is that there is concrete evidence of your hard work and accomplishments, and so being able to organise a donation that we will literally be able to see in action and doing real work on the property, I think pulled at all the donors heartstrings.

“It certainly did mine.”

Mrs Nash added that she had known Mr DeCouto for many years, and was aware of his community work.

She added: “I took a chance, made the ‘big ask’ and hoped for the best.

“Alex completely rose to the challenge and, within hours, e-mailed me back with a proposed vehicle, several donor partners, and a solid plan on how they could make this work for us.”

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Published March 13, 2021 at 8:33 am (Updated March 13, 2021 at 8:33 am)

Companies join forces to keep charity on the move

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