KEYS TO HIS FUTURE: Learner driver Quinton Armstrong-Reilly with program facilitator Kelly Ryan.
KEYS TO HIS FUTURE: Learner driver Quinton Armstrong-Reilly with program facilitator Kelly Ryan. Sam Flanagan

Braking the Cycle keeps on giving

FIFTH birthdays should always be celebrated, especially when you didn't think you'd make it to that point.

Dalby PCYC's Braking the Cycle program has become an integral part of the non-for-profit organisation, all thanks to unwavering funding, according to facilitator Kelly Ryan.

"It's fantastic to have gone for five years, we thought we'd just get enough funding for three years,” Mrs Ryan said.

"Arrow Energy has been a major supporter of the program ... they continue to fund it every year, which is just amazing.

"We also have received funding from MACE, Motor Accidents Insurance Company and the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

"The TMR funding is all about educating the students in schools - last term we were at the Bunya campus and it was very successful.”

More than 250 learner drivers have sat behind the wheel of a Braking the Cycle vehicle over the five years, with the majority achieving the end goal of a licence.

"One hundred and 38 provisional licences have been given out through the program, 50 per cent of those people live in Dalby,” Mrs Ryan said.

She mentioned Braking the Cycle was designed for 16 to 25-year-olds but Dalby PCYC decided to stretch that age bracket.

"Twenty-one different sites run Braking the Cycle but we're the only site to have over-25s participate,” she said.

"We had a 55-year-old Russian lady who just wanted to be able to drive to Betros Brothers and a couple of other places.

"She ended up getting 20 paid driving lessons doing this program and got her licence. The smile on her face was amazing when she got her licence, she said 'you've changed my life because now I can be independent'.”

Of course, these programs couldn't be facilitated without selfless volunteers and Mrs Ryan said giving up just one hour a week was appreciated.

"Seeing the smile on the learners' faces when someone takes the time to take them out for a drive is the best thing because many of them wouldn't otherwise have that access,” she said.

"They're all grateful and thankful this program is here.”

To get involved phone 4672 2400.

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