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Wheels you can trust

Bernard Pooler and Jacqui Lewis of Verdun House with Michael Russell, Donna Clarke and Jane Armstrong of The Maria Holder Memorial Trust, with new bus.

The Maria Holder Memorial Trust has donated a 15-passenger minibus to Verdun House, the St. John addiction treatment facility. The minibus, valued at $78,107, will fill a number of needs at the facility and allow for improved access to activities for the facility’s clients.

“We are very grateful to The Maria Holder Memorial Trust for the generous donation of this vehicle,” said Director of Operations, Bernard Pooler,

“We will use the minibus to fulfil a number of tasks from transportation to and from Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, to helping clients get to medical appointments and jobs off property.

“In short, the minibus will allow Verdun House to fulfil our mandate to meet the needs of our clients as they work to overcome the challenges posed by their addictions.”

Pooler pointed out that prior to the donation of the minibus, clients used public transportation in the company of either a counsellor or a senior peer to off-site appointments or obligations, a situation that he described as “less than desirable”.

“The donation of this vehicle to Verdun House continues our commitment to the betterment of the lives of the people of Barbados,” said Chief Project Manager of trust, Jane Armstrong, at the handover of the vehicle.

“Helping to meet the transportation needs of the clients … will contribute toward their rehabilitative efforts and will benefit our society as a whole. This is very much in line with our mission and goals.”

The donation continues a series of contributions by the group that includes the building of the Maria Holder Nursery School at Sharon, St. Thomas; the recently announced renovation of the Pinelands Community Centre in Regent Hill, The Pine and a partnership with the Government of Barbados to construct six more nursery schools across the island.

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