BeConnected Community Services acquires 8-seat Kia Carnival

On the move: (left to right) Nick Kharitou , Anthony Anthopoulos, Robert Eyles, Tim Carr and Brod Ivory (Trusted Business Network), Eleni Petinos Miranda MP, Helen Ivory  (BeConnected Community Services), Peter Clout and George Sismondi (TBN). Picture: Chris Lane
On the move: (left to right) Nick Kharitou , Anthony Anthopoulos, Robert Eyles, Tim Carr and Brod Ivory (Trusted Business Network), Eleni Petinos Miranda MP, Helen Ivory (BeConnected Community Services), Peter Clout and George Sismondi (TBN). Picture: Chris Lane

A service which provides accompanied social activities for aged people to help them maintain their social connections to other people and their community has recently taken delivery of a much needed new vehicle.

BeConnected Community Services now has a new Kia Carnival thanks to funds received under the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership Program and a generous donation from the Trusted Business Network (TBN).

BeConnected general manager, Helen Ivory, said the acquisition of the eight-seat vehicle was a game changer.

''Transport is essential in the provision of our services and this new vehicle will provide BeConnected clients with the accessible, safe door-to-door transport they need,'' Ms Ivory said.

Ms Ivory said the purchase of the Kia Carnival was a great example of partnerships that can be developed between the business, government and community sectors.

She thanked Miranda MP Eleni Petinos for her role securing the state funds and the fundraising efforts of TBN which is a small group of business owners supporting people in need in the local community.

For the past four years TBN has organised fundraising events and donated considerable funds to local charitable organisations.

''Last year, BeConnected benefited from the generosity of the business community which raised $10,000 towards the cost of the new vehicle," Ms Ivory said.

TBN member Nick Kharitou said their members believe strongly that ''successful business owners have a social responsibility to support community groups, which helps to build a stronger society for everyone''.