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Maccas comes to the aid of transport for disabled

DRIVER’S SEAT: CODI driver Bob Windle will continue to be able to help transport residents to hospital thanks to a fundaraiser held this weekend.
DRIVER’S SEAT: CODI driver Bob Windle will continue to be able to help transport residents to hospital thanks to a fundaraiser held this weekend. Claudia Baxter

SUPPORT from a business like McDonald's is something most not-for-profits dream of.

And it's exactly what CODI, the Co-ordinating Organisation for the Disabled in Ipswich, will be getting this weekend.

The group, which helps disabled and aged people in the Ipswich region travel to hospitals, will be getting support from six McDonald's restaurants across the city on Saturday.

For CODI's new manager Jodie Redenbach, the support from the local outlets of the massive fast food chain comes at the best possible time.

"We're trying to give CODI a bit of an uplift," she said.

"Our fleet is getting quite old and we need to modernise it in order to keep going."

Ms Redenbach, who has been the manager for just six weeks, said the support from the local McDonald's chain was amazing.

"They said they're trying to support local community not-for-profits and our name came up," she said.

The day will see McDonald's at Bellbird Park, Redbank Plaza, Booval, the Ipswich CBD, Riverlink and Brassall all holding events and entertainment to support CODI.

McDonald's Booval will even be hosting an animal farm and local DJ.

Ms Redenbach said while she hoped the day would raise money towards upgrading the group's buses used to transport people with non-urgent ailments to hospital, it would also act as a reminder to people they existed and could help out.

Ms Redenbach said CODI, which has been operating since 1981, shuttled people from as far west as Walloon, south to Springfield, and even people from some western Brisbane suburbs, to hospital visits.

"Some of these people will go with us every second day, and some just once a month," she said. "But we just want to say to people: 'Yep, we're here. Come and use us."

Topics:  fundraisers, mcdonald's



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