MENTORING AND SUPPORTING INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES
“I live on a farm and I ride my bike a lot. I know how to fix a puncture and I’ve helped change the tyres.” Jay, a year 7 student got involved with the ‘Bikes for Refugees’ program run by SMG Pastoral Care Worker Kieran Smith.
“The main aim of this program has been to mentor students, particularly boys who need to come out of their shell and give them something to succeed at. The students are not only challenged, they discover more about themselves,” Kieran explained.
The students learn practical skills in bike maintenance and how to respond to the challenges associated with working on old bikes. They are also learning how to look beyond the bike repairs, and see the needs of others in the community, and how their input will positively impact other young people.
Jay enjoyed his time in the program. “I loved working on the bikes. I learned that I could wait a really long time and learn patience to finish the bike when waiting for parts to come in. Giving this bike to a refugee really makes me happy, and someone else gets to enjoy riding a bike like I do. They will know that we care about them.”
This new program won the 2017 Premier’s Community Service Schools Award.
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