Health shuttle milestone

Linking Hands Driver Patricia Hunt takes Tony Mundell to an appointment

The Maungaturoto-based Linking Hands health shuttle has marked up a distance of 95,372 kilometres, more than twice around the globe, as its vehicles shuttle people to medical appointments.

The community service, run by donations and volunteers, picks up people who have no transport and takes them to medical and hospital appointments. It covers the areas surrounding Maungaturoto and Mangawhai in the Kaipara with a team of more than 40 volunteer drivers, one van with wheelchair access, and two cars.

A volunteer committee also runs the organisation, with newly elected chairperson Ngaire Kramer, treasurer Rita Bartschi, secretary Sue Johnson, Mangawhai co-ordinator Bruce Hunt, funding co-ordinator Bruce Lydiard, publicity co-ordinator André van den Berg, Estelle Lydiard, Cindy Vincent and Wayne Wrack.

inking Hands is always in need of new volunteers to drive. Call 09 431 8969 or visit


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