OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD: Michael Boggan, 15, with his parents Rebecca Boggan and Michael Clifton at home.
OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD: Michael Boggan, 15, with his parents Rebecca Boggan and Michael Clifton at home. Claudia Baxter

Blast victim still has big life dreams

EVEN after his hands were almost completely destroyed in a backyard explosion, Michael Boggan hasn't given up on his ambition to one day build his mother a dream house.

The 15-year-old Leichhardt boy suffered severe injuries after bullies detonated a home-made bomb in his hands in May.

The fiery blast left him with just a pinkie on his left-hand, which he cannot move, and three fingers and a thumb on his right.

But his dream of one day becoming a builder is far from extinguished with help from Sherwood-based training provider T3 Australia.

The business recently awarded the teen a $10,000 scholarship to undertake a Certificate IV in Business or Administration accompanied with one-on-one coaching and mentoring.

T3 Australia CEO Joanne Brooks said the inaugural scholarship would give Michael an opportunity to fulfil his career goals.

"We know he has many months of rehabilitation and we are happy to wait for Michael to tell us when the right time is to commence the scholarship program," she said.

Michael said he planned to use the scholarship to help him become a builder and also planned to speak at schools to raise awareness about bullying.

He said he had found inspiration through a book given to him about motivational speaker Australian Nick Vujicic, who was born with no arms or legs.

Michael and his family currently travel to Brisbane every few days for ongoing treatment.



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