Funds secure bus for mental health patients

16 Aug 2023

Funds generated through Bendigo Health’s annual Move for Mental Health challenge have purchased a patient transport bus, allowing mental health patients better access to specialised exercise programs.

The 12 seater bus was officially handed over this week from Bendigo Health Director of Fundraising and Foundation Rachel Mason to the organisation’s mental health clinical teams.

Mrs Mason said it has been great to see the community’s generosity through fundraising deliver a tangible benefit for patients across the Loddon Mallee region.

“Since the Move for Mental Health challenge began in 2020, our community has helped us raise more than $200,000 to improve services for local mental health patients.

“During this time, a specialised exercise program, an on-site gym and sensory modulation tools have been introduced to our mental health departments and now we hand over the bus that was promised as part of last year’s Move for Mental Health challenge fundraising,” Mrs Mason said.

Registrations are now open for the 2023 Move for Mental Health challenge, which will raise vital funds for local mental health programs. For more information or to register, visit