Posted by 13/03/2017

The Central ‘Coasters’

The Central ‘Coasters’ is the name we are calling a group of eleven friendly clients who recently enjoyed a three day trip to the Central Coast under the care of our wonderful driver, Stav and very caring bus assistant, Denise.

Leaving Sydney on Tuesday 28th February, the weather was very “iffy” however, after a delicious morning tea of scones, jam and cream at the Ken Duncan Gallery in Erina, the atmosphere very quickly warmed up with us all getting re-acquainted again and really getting in holiday-mode. Lunch that day was at the Erina Rugby Club followed by a drive around the local area and then check-in at The Sails Serviced Apartments.

Breakfast each day was out on the terrace at Crown Plaza with a lovely outlook over the beach at Terrigal. On Wednesday our journey took us on a drive to Avoca Beach (with a visit to the old theatre where Stav put on a “fashion show” for us, dressing up in the old theatre gear! She sure is versatile!) followed by Hardy’s Bay, Kilcare, Woy Woy and then a very interesting visit to Fires Creek Winery where we were put through the process of wine-making using not only grapes but a variety of exotic fruits. We had a charming hostess, Nadia, who then took us of a tour of the grounds. We also enjoyed wine-tasting and cheese.

On Thursday we met up with one of RHHCT’s regular drivers, Steve, and his charming wife, Jo, for a great morning tea in the sunshine overlooking the water at The Entrance. We were so relaxed at that point, we didn’t want to think about returning home. However, all good things must end and we then travelled via Norah Head Lighthouse to the Wyong Milk Factory to buy a delicious assortment of cheeses as well as the chocolate shop! Wow, what you can pack into three days!

Our accommodation was excellent at The Sails and was enjoyable and up until the second night – uneventful! However, that quickly changed as the fire alarm went off in the middle of the night. Fortunately for us it was a false alarm but it made for some very lively conversation at breakfast where we reflected on our individual reaction. (I wonder if there were any CCTV cameras in the hallways?  – interesting viewing don’t you think!!). Our thanks to all who were responsible for the planning of another great RHHCT overnight stay.

Kathy      (for the ‘Coasters’)

Client Testimonials
  • “What a fantastic team Rosalyn has to be able to enjoy a partially independent life with you all by her side! She recently expressed to me, “in the last years Stryder has made me the happiest in my life”.  Thank you – Jeanette – sister.

  • Stryder has provided a quality service and I look forward to booking more buses when we are able to go on excursions again in the future.

  • “I would like to thank Robyn for going the extra mile and assisting me with
    my registration for your service. The whole process went seamlessly and your
    drivers are excellent.”

  • “Thank you for your wonderful service yesterday, making our Rotary Club’s “Vivid Experience” simple and convenient, with personalised service from your team”.

  • “I would like to thank Stav for her last minute efforts in providing me with transport to my medical appointment today.  I was very worried about missing it, so very appreciative of the effort she made.  Great Job Stav!”

    Maree G.
  • “Thank you for a great service.  Joseph drove me to and from Macquarie Centre.  Joseph was very helpful and assisted me to the door with care.  I appreciated this especially, as it was raining”.

    Mavis R
  • “I had a lovely trip today to Bondi Beach. Silvio also took us for a scenic drive on the way home and he is very knowledgeable about the area, thanks for a lovely day”.

    Betty W
  • “All your drivers are unsung heroes and they should be the ones receiving medals on Australia Day!  I would like to thank Iain who helped me yesterday as I was having a bad day and he made it better for me.”

    Olive S.
  • “Maria just wanted to say a big thank you for all our help last year and earlier this year and wanted to wish all the staff a merry Christmas as without our help she does not know how she would have coped without our assistance.”

    Maria C.
  • “I was very nervous today because it was my first time using your service but Steve the driver made my trip comfortable and I would like to thank Steve for all his help.”

    Mary S.
  • “Dianne, thank you for dropping the forms off at my home.    Such a load off my mind to know someone is there to help me to  my medical appointments. I really appreciate your dedication.”

    Edna E.
  • “Many thanks to all the drivers and bus assistants.  They are so helpful and make our social outings wonderful and enjoyable.  They are good drivers and we feel relaxed, safe and comfortable.”

    Betty W
  • “Thank you so much Robyn & Dianne for taking special care of us at Mary Poppins last week, your help was greatly appreciated.”

    Lauris & Ailsa (HHL)
  • “Malia & staff, thank you very much for caring and supporting my husband.”

    Sofi & Samir
  • “To all the voluntary workers at Stryder for their  tireless workers in the office for being so patient and understanding.  Thank you for all your tireless hands & feet.”

    Hazel S
  • “Stav & Malia, What a great trip I had thanks to the both of you.  You certainly went beyond your duties always there for us all and taking us to beautiful places, so relaxing, you both did work very hard and never grumbled.  I shall always remember Port Stephens trip so thank you both.”

    Joan R
  • “On behalf of the Eastwood Ladies Probus Club  we would like to pass on a very big thank you to Mike the driver who drove us to Ettalong Diggers Club for our Christmas in July Luncheon. Mike was a very careful, friendly and a thorough gentlemen which made our day very pleasant.”

    Barbara S.
  • “Dear Alan, Just a note to express our appreciation to you, as the driver, transporting the members of the Eastwood Garden Club today…. Thank you for being so pleasant and agreeable, with such competent driving skills.”

    Margaret C
  • “Thanks to Ken, who seamlessly handled the situation when bus had a flat tyre. Excellent composure and passengers were hardly inconvenienced at all.”

    Elaine C
  • “I had an enjoyable morning shopping at Macquarie (Centre) today…. Wonderful, friendly drivers and we are so well looked after. It’s a wonderful service.”

    Margaret W
  • “Thanks to all the Community Transport team for your tremendous, supportive, help. Heartfelt thanks for meeting the needs of people like me.”

    Daniel C