At the present time there is no resident bus at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home. The bus failed its safety inspection in May of 2013, and has been off the road since that time. The nursing home and the Wellness Centre have tried to make do with city transit since that time, but that is not working well.
“With this donation from the Yorkton Elks Lodge The Health Foundation was able to order the bus,” explained Ross Fisher of The Health Foundation.
“On behalf of the Yorkton Elks and Royal Purple lodges in Yorkton we are only too happy to make this donation to assist in buying this bus which is badly needed by the residents of the nursing home and the Day Wellness program,” said Earl Greiner, President of the Yorkton Elks Lodge.
Our membership is down in the last few years, but we still do fundraising and we like to be able to help out with good community projects. We are hoping to see a turnaround in people’s thoughts about joining service clubs, organizations like ours need more youth.
We continue to raise funds in a variety of ways, including the annual charity appeal which has been going on for over 50 years, and is the raffling of a car, as well as several secondary cash prizes. In addition, we have an annual provincial walkathon every fall, and an annual Peace 100 rally which consists of a snowmobile derby and a raffle in the winter months.
These along with a few other projects assist us in supporting the community and of course the Elk’s own philanthropy which is the Purple Cross Fund for Children. We were more than pleased to make this donation because our members believe that donating to improve healthcare is one of the best ways to be of assistance to the community,” continued Mr. Greiner.