Beryl's $20k keeps wheels on the bus going round and round
ON a Tuesday afternoon, much like any other, Beryl Ross alighted from one of the Grafton Community Buses.
Pausing by the driver, Mrs Ross handed him an envelope.
"Here," she said, "This might keep you in fuel for a while."
Imagine the surprise of the Grafton Community Bus volunteers when they opened the envelope and found a cheque for $20,000.
Grafton Community Buses president Keith Rogan said the service was amazed to receive the five-figure cheque.
"It was a big surprise," he said. "We don't get that everyday of the week."
Grafton Community Bus is a volunteer service, relying on donations from the community and local organisations.
Mrs Ross said she donated the money to the bus service for the good work they do for the community.
"I thought the money could be put to better use that way than sitting in my bank account," she said. "It's to help older people enjoy their life."
Mrs Ross, a resident of Ozanam Villa in Grafton, said that since her family had all grown up she could afford to give back to the community.
"I struggled all my life to get money and now I have a bit I'd like to share it," she said.
The generosity of this great-grandmother of eight is not out of character. She regularly gives to organisations such as the Cancer Council and said she was planning on making a donation to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service.