The cycle of giving

Participants come from across the community, including juvenile justice teams, police programs and special needs programs, and have been working on damaged bikes as part of the Full Throttle program.

The Full Throttle program runs every Thursday from 4.30-6.30pm, engaging youth aged 12 to 18 in the restoration of damaged, dumped and donated bikes.

Once the bikes are considered roadworthy, they are donated to charitable organisations to give to families in need, or other social agencies to assist the community through related programs.

On 18 June, participants donated a range of bikes they had restored as part of a partnership with various southern suburbs health organisations.

PCYC centre manager Jackie Abbott said the participants were allowed to take home one bike, but must repair one for charity first.

�The ethos behind this is to teach the young people the value and importance of volunteering and giving back to the community, through a pay-it-forward style approach,� she said. �While the boys vary significantly in age and backgrounds, they have really come together well as a team and are highly supportive of each other.�

Gosnells PCYC has just received notification that Full Throttle has been selected as a finalist in the Constable Care Child Safety Awards 2015 Community Award Category.

For more, call Jackie Abbott on 9459 1168 or jackie.|abbott@wapcyc.com.au.