Funds get the wheels mov­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

WEST Leed­erville bike re­pair busi­ness Dis­man­tle has re­ceived a com­mu­nity grant to help their work with at-risk youth.

Dis­man­tle Inc’s Bike Res­cue ini­tia­tive will re­ceive $10,000 from Aus­tralia Post’s Our Neigh­bour­hood com­mu­nity grants pro­gram.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Pat Ryan said the grant would fund one pro­gram and en­able the com­pany to build its part­ner­ship with the City of Gos­nells.

“We part­ner with other agen­cies like schools and youth cen­tres. We also work with Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice,” he said.

Youth strip back old bikes, clean off rust, and re­place parts.

“They build a bike; the first is for char­ity and they also build a sec­ond bike they keep themselves,” Mr Ryan said.

The pro­gram teaches tech­ni­cal and so­cial skills.

“The Bike Doc­tor is a busi­ness run for profit, and we put funds from it into Dis­man­tle and the work we do with youth,” he said.

“We work with about 200 to 250 kids a year; each pro­gram in­volves about 10 kids. We don’t have any fund­ing; we are look­ing for grants or we have to charge schools di­rectly (to run the pro­grams). It’s two half­days a week with stu­dents whose be­hav­iour and/or at­ten­dance has been a prob­lem at the school.”

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Perth Tim Ham­mond wel­comed the grant an­nounce­ment and praised the work of Bike Res­cue.

Pic­ture: Gio­vanni Torre

Tim Ham­mond and Pat Ryan.

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