Game on at PCYC Jes­sica Nico

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

FRE­MAN­TLE PCYC got a pleas­ant sur­prise when mem­bers of the Fre­man­tle Work­ers Club popped in for a visit re­cently, bring­ing with them a cheque for more than $500.

Fre­man­tle PCYC area man­ager Julie Gor­man said the $540 do­na­tion was ap­pre­ci­ated by the young users of the Safe Space pro­gram, with the money used to re­place some bro­ken video games.

“Cur­rently we have about 10 screens set up, with only two work­ing, so with more at­trac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties it will keep young peo­ple more en­gaged in the Safe Space,” she said.

She said com­mu­nity dona­tions, how­ever big or small, were vi­tal in help­ing the cen­tre to op­er­ate suc­cess­fully.

“We cur­rently aren’t funded, so ev­ery lit­tle bit helps,” she said.

“Safe Space is an awe­some pro­gram that caters to around 30 to 35 kids per day, pro­vid­ing a friendly, safe and wel­com­ing space for young peo­ple to come and hang out with friends.

“It of­fers an al­ter­na­tive to pos­si­ble anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and in some cases young peo­ple go­ing home to an empty house if par­ents are at work.

“We couldn’t sur­vive with­out the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses and vol­un­teers and if any­one would like to vol­un­teer their valu­able time, if they have skills like knit­ting, craft and cro­chet­ing, it would be nice to see these skills be­ing taught, along with any busi­ness that may want to do­nate any items.”

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Fre­man­tle Work­ers Club pres­i­dent Don Whit­ting­ton and vice-pres­i­dent Michael Bell with Julie Gor­man.

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