First Buses Bury North & Unite raise £6,000 for Joshuas Fundraising!

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First Buses Bury North & Unite raise £6,000 for Joshuas Fundraising!

Following the hilarious Harlem Shake Video created by Tino Festa, First Buses Bury & Unite Union Charities have made a donation to Josh’s fundraising totalling £6,000!!

imageLeft to right – Stephan Ralph, Training Manager & member of the First Charity Selection Committee presenting a cheque from Bury First North for £3,500 to Josh, with John White who is Unite Union Convenor & their cheque of £2,500 is from the driver’s Charitable Contributions Committee

Drivers, engineers and managers were filmed by one of Bury’s drivers and amateur film-maker Tino Festa in the style of the Harlem Shake video to enlist support for 13-year-old Joshua Wilson who attends Elms Bank Special School, which is close to the heart of a number of staff at Bury depot.

The video, which also features customers at bus stops, traces a “day in the life of” the depot. First employees going about their daily duties suddenly start shaking to the soundtrack of the video and announce: “We’re shaking for Joshua”. The clip ends with details about the brain tumour campaign.

Business Manager Dave Longmate, who got the idea for the video from a similar Greater Manchester Police initiative, said: “The aim is as part of Better Journeys for Life to improve staff engagement and to involve the community while of course raising awareness for this very worthy charity, which we were all more than happy to support”

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Left to right – John Rooney, who nominated our charity, Tino Festa – Harlem Shake Video Guru & Bus Driver, Stephan Ralph, John White, & Dave Longmate is Operations Manager

Special mention to Stey Shaw, Staff Manager, also at the presentation and the man behind the camera!

John Rooney – Bus Driver  “When i nominated the Joshs Charity I knew we would be up against the bigger and more established charities, but SuperJosh came through to win the day!”

Tino Festa – Bus Driver I’m really proud that everyone loved the Harlem Shake Video I made & that everyone took part in has helped raise so much money for Joshs fundraising!

In case you missed the Harlem Shake – Enjoy! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a75dc5m7-lI&feature=share&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Da75dc5m7-lI%26feature%3Dshare

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