GORE BAY—Lafarge Canada Inc. has made a significant donation toward the continued operation of the Angel Bus.
“Keep up the good work,” Richard Patterson, production supervisor of Lafarge Canada stated after presenting a cheque in the amount of $4,000 to Ted Kilpatrick of the Angel Bus operations committee. “I like that they are giving back to the community.”
“All of the money we receive in donations goes into the (Angel Bus) operations,” said Mr. Kilpatrick. He explained, “since the spring of 2015, Lafarge has generously donated annually to keep the Angel Bus rolling. These funds come directly from the Meldrum Bay quarry group—Islanders helping Islanders—and it is so very much appreciated.”
Mr. Kilpatrick explained that in 2021, the Angel Bus made 86 trips, primarily for seniors in need on Western Manitoulin for medical purposes. “With things beginning to open up this year, we’re anticipating more runs and hoping for the return of some fun, social engaging outings.”
“With no government funding, the Angel Bus depends completely on donations and volunteers to function,” said Mr. Kilpatrick. He said many community-minded sponsors help ensure Angel Bus operation costs are covered every year. These include Lafarge, Manitoulin Transport, New North Fuels, H and R Noble Construction, Central Guardian Pharmacy, the Rotary Club of Gore Bay, Municipality of Central Manitoulin, Western Manitoulin United Church Pastoral Charge, Lyons Memorial United Church, Golden Age Club of Burpee and Mills, Island Animal Hospital and Little Current Veterinary Services, Town of Gore Bay, Jarlette Health Services (Manitoulin Lodge), and Gore Bay Western Manitoulin Lions Club.
“We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that Wheels 2 Water keeps the Angel Bus looking great, Keller’s Garage keeps the Angel Bus running safely and Ed Budge, owner/operator of Island Doors in Providence Bay, keeps the garage door working well. Last, but not least, the tremendous support from community members rounds out our yearly donations.”