New L2P Car Fleet Launched
The grounds at Phoenix P-12 Community College are currently a hive of constant development, with building works creating a fantastic community asset. On Friday however, the earth moving equipment and piles of dirt were put in shadow when the new Ballarat L2P Car fleet was launched.
The L2P program, which is funded through TAC and VicRoads and administered by United Way Ballarat, helps young people who don’t have access to a car or someone to teach them, to achieve the 120 hours of supervised driving required to get their probationary licence. Funding supports the administration of the program, generous and shall we say brave volunteers take on the role of driving mentors, but it is the community that provides the cars.
The original Ballarat fleet of 2 cars had reached the end of their life span and with the assistance of the Rotary Club of Ballarat South, the Buninyong and District Community Bank and The Courier Charity Fund, along with many in-kind supporters, there are now 3 new cars available for young people to learn to drive in.
Friday saw the colourfully wrapped little Mazdas lined up behind a ribbon to be officially launched onto the streets of Ballarat and the Golden Plains Shire.
One of the cars launched is shared between the City of Ballarat and the Golden Plains Shire and was purchased through the generosity of the Buninyong & District Community Bank. John Emery, outgoing Chair of the Buninyong and District Community Bank, praised the mentors who make this program a reality. ‘Money buys things but it takes people with passion to take those things and make something remarkable happen.’
Having funded the original car that started the L2P program in Ballarat, the Rotary Club of Ballarat South was generous again, providing the funds to purchase one of the new cars. Speaking about the program Alan McKinnon, President of the Rotary Club of Ballarat South, also praised the volunteers of the L2P program. Being from a volunteer organisation, it makes sense that the work of our volunteers goes to help other volunteers in their work.
Jade Morrison from The Courier, said it was a no-brainer for the Courier Charity Fund committee when they received the application for funding towards one of the cars. The program is so obviously helpful to the community as a whole and has the potential to have significant impact not only on the young people but on the community as a whole. With funds raised at last year’s ROCKWIZ concert, the Fund is proud to be able to help purchase a tangible asset that can touch the lives of so many in our community.
Geoff Sharp, CEO of The Ballarat Foundation, explained the significance of the program, ‘this is not just about getting 120 hours. It’s not just about getting a drivers’ licence. It’s about saying to these young people… YOU DO MATTER… we as a community believe YOU MATTER… and that can have a profound impact on the future of a young person.’
photo: some of the L2P mentors Allan, Wayne, Vicki and Lynton