Welcome to this week’s instalment of Network News. I am beyond proud of Ringsend Driver, Christy Carey, who proved that driving a bus in Kathmandu really was the ‘Toughest Place To Be’. RTÉs documentary saw Christy embark on the adventure of a lifetime, swapping the Walkinstown Roundabout (and his beloved Route 27) for the chaotic traffic of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Christy, a Dublin Bus driver for the last 15 years, began his tenure as a bus cleaner before moving on to become a driver. His love for his job and the customers he meets every day was evident as he spoke with pride about the people he meets every day on his beloved Route 27.
The documentary was eye opening, and it was so humbling to see the challenges faced by Christy’s host, Jaya Ram and his family, on a daily basis. The experience clearly had a profound impact on Christy and on anyone who watched the programme and therefore, we are delighted to offer our support and guidance to Christy as he continues to fundraise for his generous hosts in Kathmandu.
Since the documentary aired, Christy has set up a GoFundMe page, which aims to raise enough money to fix Jaya Ram’s father’s (Janak Raj Pandey) house that was destroyed in the devastating Nepalese earthquakes of 2015. He also aims to create an education fund for the family’s children and also contribute some of the funds raised to Thapa, the bus conductor. So far, he has raised over €5,000 for the family and is determined to reach his target of €15,000.
The whole company is behind Christy and his fundraising efforts, and we are committed to helping him reach his goal.
On a personal note I would like to thank Christy for the amazing job he did by not only representing himself, but representing the company as well. As Christy jokingly told me recently, “not only am I the best driver in Dublin, I am the best driver in Nepal too”. He is a true ambassador of Dublin Bus and we are so grateful that he took on this amazing challenge.