Young­sters show true spirit

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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