Youngsters show true spirit
For many years young people across the region have been selling ‘reindeer food’ in the lead-up to Christmas to raise money for their various projects.
Last Christmas was no different for Paige Millar and Sienna and Charlotte Cookson who generated money from their little bags of food.
The youngsters heard about the Wimmera Learner Driver Mentor, L2P program and how it promoted safer young drivers on the region’s roads and decided to donate some of their money to the project.
Community generosity is one of the avenues the program, co-ordinated through the Centre of Participation, partially funded by TAC and administered by Vicroads, heavily relies on for money.
L2P program co-ordinator Marieke Dam said the program created safer and more mindful young drivers through the use of trained volunteer driving mentors.
She said the program aimed to help disadvantaged learner drivers who had trouble accessing a car or a supervising driver to gain the necessary driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.
The L2P program targets young people 16 to 21 years of age who require 120 hours of supervised driving practice.
“Many young people lack the support networks to facilitate such driving experience, or face issues with finance or lack of access to a vehicle,” Ms Dam said.
“The program matches volunteer mentor drivers with learners so they can develop their driving skills and confidence. Without question, a driver’s licence is essential for getting around and accessing our region’s resources and facilities.
“A driver’s licence increases opportunities for employment, education and assists young people with getting and staying connected to our local communities.”
Anyone keen to make a donation, find out more about the program or offer mentor services can visit website www.centreforparticipation. org.au or call 5382 5607.