HELPING HAND: Ann Schafer at Rod’s Food Market raising money to help the kids at Rosella Park School get a new bus.
HELPING HAND: Ann Schafer at Rod’s Food Market raising money to help the kids at Rosella Park School get a new bus. Helen Spelitis

How you can help Rosella School get a new bus

ANN Schafer was so moved by the Rosella Park School's plight to secure $140,000 for a new bus, she set about collecting the money herself.

As we reported on Saturday, the students in wheelchairs at Rosella Park can't ride on the bus with their schoolmates.

Their bus is too small and has no wheelchair facilities.

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Ms Schafer grew up with a grandmother in a wheelchair and watched her struggle with everyday tasks.

"Maybe that's why I wanted to help," Ms Schafer said.

"I just wanted to do what I could to help these kids, so I got these tins so people can donate."

And Ms Schafer isn't the only one wanting to help.

On Monday Rachel Buckler, who runs Tiaro Fruit Stall, phoned Rosella Park principal Kate Russ to offer her support too. Ms Buckler sends 200 fruit boxes to Gladstone every week and has pledged to donate $2 per box towards the bus.

"Rachel phoned and said she had been looking for a worthy cause to support for quite a while and then a friend with kids in Gladstone told her about us," Ms Russ said. "It's incredible the community wants to get behind us and support what we see as a very important thing for our school.

"We want to include all of our students in everything we do. Getting this bus is one step to achieving that goal. It's generous and a bit overwhelming."



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