Heather Halsall organises Mentoring Through Motoring program at Shepparton DECA to help the region's youth find life opportunities.By Riahn Smith
If you’ve ever dreamed of riding a motorcycle or operating a crane then put next month’s youth activity day in your calendar.
The Mentoring Through Motoring program will give Goulburn Valley young people the chance to try their hand at operating heavy machinery, including trucks, forklifts and cranes.
Organiser Heather Halsall said she designed the event to help young people develop a sense of direction.
She said the day at Shepparton’s Driver Education Centre of Australia would be open to people aged between 14 and 25.
‘‘I’ve sat with the kids in the street and talked to them and they’re really just lost. It’s not their fault, but our kids are being overlooked,’’ Mrs Halsall said.
‘‘It’s about trying to get the youths involved in something that may help with their future.
‘‘If they come here and they’re allowed to use a forklift and they’re allowed to use a crane then they’ll think ‘I can do this’ and they might go and pursue something constructive.’’
DECA manager Steve Dumesny said the event would offer young people an insight into transport, civil construction and warehousing industries, as well as improving team and communication skills.
Mr Dumesny said there would also be industry-related games that were used in professional competitions, as well as emergency services and industry information stalls.
Mrs Halsall said the event also hoped to showcase Shepparton’s historic Careful Cobbers cars, but was yet to secure one of the iconic vehicles, most of which are now in private hands.
She urged anyone who could offer support to help fund the not-for-profit event to get in touch.
‘‘I am extremely passionate about this because there’s not much being done for these kids,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s a hands-on event and it’s a proven program, so it will hopefully have benefits for the entire community.’’
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