Donating some much needed tools and equipment were RDT Angels (centre from left) Kevin Mobbs, Suzanne Fountain and Jacqueline Nystrom to Fraser Coast TESS' ALDAT Build-a-bike program with staff (back from left) Paul Forst, Garry Monaghan, (front right) Sean Fisher and student Zeke Fischer.
Donating some much needed tools and equipment were RDT Angels (centre from left) Kevin Mobbs, Suzanne Fountain and Jacqueline Nystrom to Fraser Coast TESS' ALDAT Build-a-bike program with staff (back from left) Paul Forst, Garry Monaghan, (front right) Sean Fisher and student Zeke Fischer. boni holmes

Program gives teens reason to get up in the morning

THREE months of sausage sizzles at Dan Murphy's has funded more than $700 worth of tools and equipment for the ALDAT (A local drug action team) Build-A-Bike program.

RDT Angels donated tools like grinders, drills, pneumatic drill, mig welder, and safety equipment including hard hats and ear plugs.

ALDAT project supervisor Sean Fisher said the donation was welcomed and would make a world of difference.

"We have been living on a shoe-string - just the chance that RDT Angels have got together for us and donated all this stuff is excellent.

"This helps towards giving these kids all the safety gear and extra tools to work with to achieve what they want to achieve.

"At the moment we are virtually working with nothing - we are having to share everything around so that each of them have the right gear to use.

"With this extra tools it will make a huge difference."

During any given work day there are up to five students working and learning in the program.

"With the more gear we get, we can hopefully expand," Sean said.

"There are a couple of bikes we are building of vintage replicas which we will sell for people to display in their man cave or lounge."

Sean said the program they offered was to help 16, 17 year olds get used to working in a workshop.

"They get used to using all the different hand and power tools - fabricating, welding, everything you can think of that would be in a engineering workplace in the hope the get work in that field.

"It is basically giving them some skills and a reason to get up in the morning."

Sean said they were a local drug action team.

"Half the problem with the drug scene is these kids don't have a reason to get up in the morning," he said.

"We are giving them that reason and teaching them life skills and work skills at the same time.

"In our breaks we will sit down and talk about the dangers of drugs and try and educate them."

Sean said the team had more than 100 years of experience.

Paul Forst is an instructor and a boilermaker by trade; tutor Garry Monoghan was a nurse; and Sean is a back yard engineer.

"I am a jack of all trades - I have built 100 bikes and owned just as many," Sean said.

"We all have the skills - between push bikes and motor bikes and engines we have it all covered.

"We are just trying to teach them some skills and educate them so that they can be job ready and keep away from drugs and alcohol."

For more information about the program or any other courses visit Fraser Coast TESS, 11 Tanner St, Maryborough or phone 4122 4444.

ALDAT will be at Station Square Shopping Centre on July 6 and 13 selling raffle tickets for bikes built by the students.

Tickets will cost $5 for 2 for the pushbike and $5 for 1 for the bike with motor.



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