Bethany Home Bus: "Generational generosity"

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The association "Rambaud Saint-Louis Fête" has succeeded in its formidable bet: to raise funds to finance the purchase of an equipped bus for the benefit of the residents of Bethany Home. On February 27, the vehicle will be delivered to the Ehpad in Galisbay.
To announce this good news, the association "Rambaud Saint-Louis Fête" invited the director of Bethany Home Jean-Marie Marchais, some donors, and the press to a Sandy Ground restaurant last Wednesday. The president of the Etienne Etienne association has never given up to raise the 52.050 euros necessary to purchase this bus for people with reduced mobility. It was in April 2015 that the project was officially launched: the donation collection marathon then began. “We have a feeling of satisfaction because the mission is accomplished. We took up a lot of challenges, and thanks to our persistence, we succeeded. The generosity was extraordinary, even the children wanted to participate in this initiative ”, explains Alexandre Baly, administrative coordinator of the association. Josette Dormoy-January, the association's vice-president, took care of the management of this project from A to Z. On this occasion, it presented the first photos of the vehicle, which arrived at the end of January in Saint-Martin.
The various donors - individuals, associations, socio-professionals - were generous. Some even offered a year of fuel and insurance. “We have made a commitment with the association so that this is a total success, despite a difficult economic period”, indicates Franck Viotty, the representative of the construction association. The population therefore did not remain indifferent. Donations increased and nearly 200 people took part in this fundraising operation. At the end of the month, seniors will finally be able to enjoy the outdoor activities offered on the island. “I thank the association and the various donors. It is an ambitious project. I am touched to note this intergenerational generosity. We are going to have a six-seater vehicle for our elderly ”, underlines Jean-Marie Marchais, director of Bethany Home, who also contributed to the financing of the bus.

On your calendars: go to the Galisbay car park (next to Grand Saint-Martin) on February 27, from noon, to discover this bus. All donors are invited to this event.

The association offers for sale stickers at a cost of 5 euros / 5 dollars, the profits of which will be donated to Bethany Home.

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