Boys get buzz from bike program

Published on Friday 13 April, 2018

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A group of 10 local boys has joined forces with a pro-BMX rider and the City’s Mayor, as part of a special project to restore bikes for young migrants and refugees.

The boys are part of the City of Gosnells’ Buzz Mentor program, which partnered with youth support organisation Dismantle to run BikeRescue.

The project received an added boost when Todd Meyn, a Perth-born pro-BMX rider from Nitro Circus, was looking for an opportunity to mentor young people. Meanwhile, the City’s Mayor Glenn Dewhurst was seeking ways to raise awareness about youth mental health.

After a recent meeting, the pair approached the City’s youth workers to find a worthwhile venture and they jumped at the chance to be involved in BikeRescue with the Buzz Mentor Program participants.

With the help of Todd, the Mayor and Dismantle, the boys in the Buzz Mentor Program spent the past couple of months restoring five bikes.

The boys chose to donate the finished bikes to Save the Children, which will in turn give the bikes to newly arrived young migrants and refugees.

At a ‘handover’ ceremony on Wednesday 4 April at the City’s Shack youth centre in Gosnells, Mayor Dewhurst congratulated the boys in the Buzz Mentor Program.

“These young guys are a real credit to themselves and their families,” Mayor Dewhurst said.

“They have shown what great things can be achieved when you combine a good idea, hard work and a little support from the right people.”

The Buzz Mentor Program organises a range of great projects, for boys and girls, each school term. To find out more, please visit www.thehive.net.au or call 9397 3000.