Random Age-Friendly: Aliant Pioneers continue to donate

Published on March 10, 2017

Club President, Brian Meadus, of the Aliant Pioneers presents a cheque to CREST chairman Larry Reid while members of the Aliant Pioneers and other CREST volunteers look on.

©Photo courtesy of Random Age-Friendly Communities

The Aliant Pioneer motto is “People helping People” and that is just what Clarenville’s Aliant Pioneers are doing.

The Clarenville group has 40 members.  They meet on the second Thursday of the month in the Aliant Building.

They have assisted a wide variety of community service efforts in Clarenville and the surrounding area such as Backpacks for Kids, Computers for Schools and Community Groups including our seniors, School Lunch Program, Highway Cleanup, Guider Dog Unit Collections, and Youth & Seniors Bowling. 

They have supported various charities, the Salvation Army Christmas Stockings, and the food banks in Bonavista and Clarenville. 

Also, since 2014, the Aliant Pioneers have been making monetary donations to Clarenville Region Extended Seniors’ Transportation (CREST) with their most recent donation taking place in February 2017.

Not only are the Aliant Pioneers making annual donations to CREST, but their energetic members are also volunteering as drivers, assistants, and in the booking office.

CREST is a Clarenville and area transportation service for people who live within a 20 km radius of the town of Clarenville, are over the age of 60, or over age 25 and confined to a wheelchair. 

The sixteen-passenger/eight-wheelchair bus operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday in 12 communities—Clarenville, Milton, George’s Brook, Harcourt, Random Heights, Elliott’s Cove, Snook’s Harbour, Deep Bight, Adeytown, Hillview, North West Brook, and Queen’s Cove.

The cost of operating CREST is covered by a start-up grant from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador; donations from Bell Aliant Pioneers, Clarenville Lions’ Club, Coop 50/50, Odd Fellows, Royal Canadian Legion, and Rotary; as well as fares collected from users.

The governing committee for CREST would like to thank the Aliant Pioneers and all the other partners for their continued contributions.

These contributions will go a long way in helping to ensure that the CREST service continues to operate in Clarenville and surrounding communities.

CREST could not operate without such tremendous support.