LYP hits the road

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6 December, 2018

In early December a group of our mentors hit the road to spend a day in Adelaide's regional South East, with students from Keith Area School.

It sure was a hot one, but that didn't stop us from hitting the track with the kids, riding bikes, chatting about tricks and building team work and confidence, on and off the track.

We also had the opportunity to sit down and watch the Year 8 STEM students present to local council their major projects, which centred around plans, surveys and costings for a potential BMX track in Keith. It was so awesome to see the kids using their Maths, Science and English skills to work towards change and progress in their local community.

One lucky student was also randomly selected as the winner of a BMX bike we donated to encourage the love of riding and getting amongst it, and needless to say, the stoke was high!

It's awesome for us to be able to reach smaller communities and spend time getting the kids out on the bikes and stoked on living life to the max. If you're keen to get your school involved in a visit like this, get in touch!

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Thanks to all who contributed to The Drive to Ride

When we launched The Drive to Ride in early 2019, it's safe to say we never expected the kind of response we received! We thought we might be kindly donated one or two bikes and maybe a few odds and ends to add to a collection of parts we could build on over the course of the year. We certainly never expected to put together an entire fleet of bikes, based purely on the goodness of people and their willingness to help others.

But that's exactly what happened!

We can't say thank you enough to everyone that donated their old mountain bikes towards The Drive to Ride; it was absolutely incredible for us to get out and be able to talk to these people, who came from all over the state, and chat about Lighthouse and what we do, and also find out more about each of the generous folk who kindly gifted their old bikes and parts to go towards future programs, while we were at it.

The layers of benefit to these donations for the disadvantaged youth we work with, are many. They represent an opportunity for these kids to get involved in healthy, productive, social behaviours, with people who care about them and want to encourage them to believe in their own potential. It's the chance for them to engage in getting stoked on life, and channel their energy towards productive pathways; getting their adrenaline rush from hitting the trails in the fresh air. It's going forward to respect the community that has helped make it possible. It's also the knowledge that people they didn't even know cared enough to donate these bikes, to give them these experiences.

We will now spend time refurbishing and giving the donated bikes a little bit of TLC, and getting them ready for our program participants to ride and tinker with in workshops designed to teach the skills of fixing and maintaining equipment.

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