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PCYC program is driving change

Without PCYC's learn to drive program Braking the Cycle and volunteer Travis Matthews, Salam Alsharma (left) said he would not have been able to complete the 100 hours of supervised driving he needed to get his licence.
Without PCYC's learn to drive program Braking the Cycle and volunteer Travis Matthews, Salam Alsharma (left) said he would not have been able to complete the 100 hours of supervised driving he needed to get his licence. Jacqueline Henry

SALAM Alsharma now has a driver's licence thanks to the kindness of seven mentors.

Mr Alsharma is the first person to obtain his Provisional licence with the help of the Braking the Cycle program offered at Sandgate and Zillmere PCYCs.

The program aims to help young people who otherwise would be unable to get the mandatory 100 hours of driving experience to get a Provisional licence.

Mr Alsharma said he couldn't have got my licence without the help of this program.

"I got more confidence to drive and also talking to different people,” he said.

"I'm new to Australia so talking to different people helped with language and my confidence.”

Mr Alsharma moved to Australia from Mosul, Iraq 18 months ago.

"I love Australia. People are so kind.

"When I applied for jobs they always asked if I have a licence. Now I have my licence I can apply for more jobs and start saving for a car.”

Braking the Cycle volunteer mentor Travis Matthews is one of seven mentors who gave their time to help Mr Alsharma get his licence.

"It's great to see the program is getting people through and giving them an opportunity to get their licence; people who otherwise couldn't,” Mr Matthews said.

"I watched a complete change in Salam, his confidence and on-road ability drastically improved in such a short time.”

Zillmere PCYC Braking the Cycle project coordinator Crystal Hart said they were all proud and happy for Mr Alsharma's success.

"We are so proud of Salam. He has been working hard towards his goal of getting his P plates, and it is evident in his improvement and success,” Ms Hart said.

"We love being able to support our participants to achieve their goals and we are proud of their efforts and determination.

"Salam joined us on the May 23 and has had 13 lessons with us, with seven different mentors over this time.

"We have 26 mentors signed up (not all are active each week as it can be based on available times and is dependent on the availability of volunteers) and 18 active participants.”

Topics:  braking the cycle mentors provisional licence sandgate pcyc zillmere pcyc


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