Laptop’s second lease on life will keep kids off streets
IN AN attempt to encourage young people in the community there’s more to life than street crime, Tony Collins and his team have launched a local branch of Catholic Care’s YouthBail program.
“We deal with kids from age 10-18 who have been through the court system and have been released with conditions. I’m there to assist them and our biggest focus is them not reoffending,” Mr Collins said.
“We’re basically teaching these kids how to have fun without going to jail and reintegrating them into society, trying to teach them there are other ways of having fun without stealing and breaking in.”
Now MPC Kinetic and Santos have teamed up to help keep the kids motivated, by donating ten laptops to the program.
MPC’s community engagement manager Glenn Pfluger said both companies were committed to assisting the community, as they work across the Surat Basin.
“The laptops were repurposed … we wanted to find a new home for the laptops and approached Tony Collins to see if they could be of use,” Mr Pfluger said.
“Both MPC and Santos are committed to helping benefit the communities in which we operate. We are delighted to give the laptops a new lease on life for such a worthy youth organisations in our region.”
While the program has been going since April, Mr Collins is hoping more kids can get on board.
“We’re making a difference and we’re having a lot of fun,” he said.
“We’re trying to teach these kids you can enjoy yourselves without interrupting other people and without getting into trouble.”
The laptops will be used to help young people get their white cards in construction, complete unfinished schooling, and apply for jobs within the community.
For more information, contact Tony at Catholic Care.
HERE TO HELP: Tallis Landers (Santos), Tony Collins (Catholic Care) and Glenn Pfluger (MPC Kinetic).