PCYC Wollongong is moving in the right direction thanks to a little help from its friends.
Local Rotary clubs and the ETC Community Support Fund stepped in recently to support the PCYC purchase a new bus.
This pleased PCYC Wollongong manager Michael Jones, who said the new bus would enhance access and participation in PCYC programs.
‘’Mostly the bus will be used by our club to transport young people involved in PCYC and community activities,’’ Mr Jones said.
He said local sporting clubs, rotary, schools and the police will also use the bus.
Senior Constable Cate Johnston reckons the bus has already had a positive impact on the local community.
‘’Recently I used the bus to take a group of four disadvantaged Aboriginal girls to Bourke in outback NSW for a cultural awareness program,’’ Constable Johnston said.
‘’They weren’t in touch with their heritage, so we went and visited the national park and sacred sites. We also teamed up with another group of girls from the Bourke PCYC and strong friendships were formed.
‘’We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the new bus.’’
The local TAFE also provided support by giving students real-life experience to design the new bus decals and will soon have the students apply the decals themselves.
ETC chairman Rod McKelvey said it was a pleasure to be able to support PCYC Wollongong.
‘’The ETC Community Support Fund is designed to help organisations reduce disadvantage, generate opportunity, increase support services and/or build capacity in the communities in which we operate,’’ Mr McKelvey said.
‘’ETC is proud to be a not-for-profit company and we are confident the money we are donating will help make a more positive future for our community.’’
Visit www.pcycnsw.org.au for details on the PCYC.