courier charity fund
helps young people to drive
The grounds at Phoenix P-12 Community College are currently a hive of constant development, with building works creating a fantastic community asset. On Friday however, the earth moving equipment and piles of dirt were put in shadow when the new Ballarat L2P Car fleet were launched.
The L2P program, which is funded through TAC and VicRoads and administered by United Way Ballarat, helps young people who don’t have access to a car or someone to teach them, to achieve the 120 hours of supervised driving required to get their probationary licence. Funding supports the administration of the program, generous and shall we say brave volunteers take on the role of driving mentors, but it is the community that provides the cars.
The original Ballarat fleet of 2 cars had reached the end of their life span and with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Ballarat South, the Buninyong and District Community Bank and The Courier Charity Fund, along with many in-kind supporters, there are now 3 new cars available for young people to learn to drive in.
Friday saw the colourfully wrapped little Mazdas lined up behind a ribbon to be officially launched onto the streets of Ballarat and the Golden Plains Shire.
Jade Morrison from The Courier, said it was a no-brainer for the Courier Charity Fund committee when they received the application for funding towards one of the cars. The program is so obviously helpful to the community as a whole and has the potential to have significant impact not only on the young people but on the community as a whole. With funds raised at last year’s ROCKWIZ concert, the fund is proud to be able to help purchase a tangible asset that can touch the lives of so many in our community.
Geoff Sharp, CEO of The Ballarat Foundation explained the significance of the program, ‘this is not just about getting 120 hours. It’s not just about getting a drivers’ licence. It’s about saying to these young people… YOU DO MATTER… we as a community believe YOU MATTER… and that can have a profound impact on the future of a young person.’
photos: top – Jade Morrison from The Courier, below – some of the L2P driving mentors Alan, Wayne, Vicki and Lynton