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Donors save Project Action from closure

Grateful for support: Project Action co-founder Cindy Swan, right, with the charity’s Rose Douglas (Photograph by Adam Zacharias)

Seniors charity Project Action has thanked the community for raising $27,000 to prevent it from closing.

Last month, co-founder Cindy Swan revealed that the organisation needed at least $10,000 before today to stay in operation.

For the past 16 years, the charity has provided free transport for seniors, offering both day trips for those in residential care facilities and helping seniors attend medical appointments.

Ms Swan yesterday thanked the various private and individual donors whose support had allowed Project Action to “keep the wheels turning”.

“We appreciate you all, as every dollar donated has given us hope and put our mojo back on track,” she said.

“Transportation is a necessity for all, but especially for seniors and the physically disabled in Bermuda.

“The public buses are not wheelchair accessible, while many seniors do not live near a bus stop or cannot drive anymore.”

Ms Swan said that the money would go towards vehicle repairs and operating costs.

It will also provide breathing room to launch a fundraising campaign to buy a new $65,000 vehicle, as the charity has only one in operation after its blue bus broke down beyond repair and was sold for parts.

She said that Project Action still needs to raise another $88,000 to meet its 2016 to 2017 budget, in addition to the money for the new vehicle.

Rose Douglas from the organisation added her gratitude for the “amazingly encouraging” support from the community,

“We will not let this charity fold up,” she said. “Quality of life is important, and seniors should have a good quality of life rather than becoming shut-ins and staying home.”