For nearly a century, kids across America and much of the western world have been whimsically singing about wheels and buses and going 'round and 'round.
No one is claiming that "Wheels on the Bus," with its simple lyrics and repetitive rhythm, was created to be anything more than a playful tune to be enjoyed by transportation-loving toddlers. One could argue, though, that if the song was created with a deeper meaning, that it would be about resilience in the face of beeping horns, crying babies and whatever else happens to come its way.
That’s been the story for the 2002 Mercedes Atego pictured below. The bus first rolled through the hills of Scotland as part of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service's fleet of bloodmobiles. Then, with the help of Global Blood Fund, the Scottish blood bank donated the bus down to a Lebanese NGO in 2014.
When the NGO Donner Sang Compter first got the keys to the then-12-year-old bus, it wasn't able to be thrown into use right away. In serious need of repairs, the NGO brought the aging bloodmobile back to life with a major renovation. Within a few months, it was back on the road, saving lives just as it had in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round.