WITH more than 30,000 youth passengers, and over 400 drivers, Hunter Valley Buses saw great potential to raise much-needed funds and awareness within the local community. It inspired the team to come up with their latest fundraiser for the Mark Hughes Foundation, in which they did Beanie For Brain Cancer Day a little differently.
On Tuesday July 30, Hunter Valley Buses encouraged their passengers to wear a beanie to show their support. The transport company also committed 10 cents from every school, child, and youth Opal card tap during peak school services.
In just one day, they were able to raise $2500.
On Monday, they handed over the cheque to the Mark Hughes Foundation, who will use the donation to further brain cancer research.
Spokesperson from the transport company's parent ComfortDelgro, Hayley McIntyre says with a number of the buses carrying youth passengers, the cause was one close to the hearts of Hunter Valley Buses.
"There are many ways in which youth are at risk. Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer," she said.
Ms McIntyre believes the fundraiser "demonstrated firsthand how a small effort by many can make a difference".