Grant helps TRYACT secure drivers during Covid-19

Drivers Janet Baxter and Eric Byleveld have been employed by TRYACT to transport community members to medical appointments and treatment. Picture: Anita McInnes

LIKE many other not-for-profit organisations Two Rocks Yanchep Assisted Cancer Travels has had to make big changes to continue providing a service to its clients during the coronavirus pandemic.

When Covid-19 restrictions were applied in WA in March Two Rocks Yanchep Assisted Cancer Travels (TRYACT) had to find a new way to transport community members to their medical, diagnostic and treatment programs as volunteer drivers had to be temporarily stood down due to high-risk factors.

When TRYACT became the recipient of a Lotterywest Covid-19 resilience grant this allowed the organisation to employ two drivers.

TRYACT also appointed Chris Line as transport coordinator utilising the grant money.

The changes mean that as an employer TRYACT now has to meet wage, tax, superannuation and workers compensation obligations.

At the annual general meeting held at the Y.hub on Wednesday, August 5 president Sue Dash said Peter Newbound from WA Insurance Brokers in Wangara had not charged brokerage fees for TRYACT’s workers compensation insurance policy, which was his donation to the organisation.

She thanked the City of Wanneroo and Cancer Council WA for their letters of support which helped TRYACT secure the grant.

Chairman Glenn Rumbold said due to the restrictions the TRYACT bus – also used at events to raise awareness in the community about the organisation – was cleaned before and after transporting people.

Mr Rumbold said appropriate social distancing was also enforced and drivers needed a police clearance.

He said all the measures were designed with safety in mind.

Butler MLA John Quigley said as a cancer sufferer and survivor himself he was happy to support the organisation.

Mr Quigley said the McGowan Government was going back to court this week to ask for a retrial now that the federal government had withdrawn from Clive Palmer’s bid to open up WA’s hard border.

He said the state government was fighting to keep the border restriction because if Covid-19 got into the state the people it would affect most would be cancer sufferers and those with underlying health issues.