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Braking the Cycle celebrates second anniversary

DRIVING RECORD: Ipswich PCYC development officer Ange Holter and Braking the Cycle student Ngarijan Rossir celebrate the program’s second anniversary.
DRIVING RECORD: Ipswich PCYC development officer Ange Holter and Braking the Cycle student Ngarijan Rossir celebrate the program’s second anniversary. Rob Williams

AFTER 13,000 driving hours, more than 200 licences and 70% of participants going on to work or full-time employment, the PCYC association has celebrated two years since the launch of its program Braking the Cycle across Ipswich and Logan.

The program was launched to help address the large number of learner drivers who can't get experience in the car to help get their licence - making it far more difficult to travel to work or study and perpetuating unemployment.

Ipswich PCYC development officer Ange Holter said since its inception, Braking The Cycle had now spread to nine other PCYCs across Queensland including places such as Dalby, Mackay and Gladstone.

Officers from many of the nine sites travelled to Ipswich on Friday to help mark the program's anniversary alongside students, mentors and members of the public.

Ms Holter said the Ipswich program currently had about 30 active students and had reached capacity.

They're now on the search for more volunteer mentors to help accommodate the demand.

Mentors supervise learner drivers while they're on the road and often also help students build up life skills, write resumes and overcome other issues associated with unemployment.

Students who don't have access to a car or an experienced driver to help them learn are referred to Braking The Cycle through community organisations.

Braking The Cycle has also called on public donations or sponsors to come forward and help keep the program running - the Ipswich service will run out of funding at the end of the year.

Contact Ms Holter by phoning the PCYC on 3281 2547 for more information on how to become a mentor or contributing to the program.

Topics:  braking the cycle, ipswich pcyc




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