HELPING HAND: Mark Calvert is helping young kids like Levi Kelly rebuild old cars.
HELPING HAND: Mark Calvert is helping young kids like Levi Kelly rebuild old cars. Barclay White

Program gives kids a second chance

IT IS not just broken cars that are being rebuilt but the hopes and dreams of teenagers who have fallen through the cracks.

Rebuilding a Future is an initiative of charity Boots and Bulldust which gives kids the chance to learn the basics of fixing cars.

The charity started the initiative after concerned about teenagers who had been left behind by the system.

One of the programs first clients, 14-year-old Levi Kelly was keen to learn more about cars after he was excluded from school for one year.

"I like fixing cars, I'd like to learn more about modifications and putting rims on," Levi said.

Mark Calvert used his experience as a speedway racer to show Levi and other students the ins and outs of the vehicles.

"These young fellas really get left at the wayside," Mr Calvert said.

"This is something that is really needed in the community."

The first car donated was a 2001 Holden CRV that was not roadworthy after an accident.

The boys are working on getting it back to a driveable condition and selling it off, with proceeds going back into the program.

Sandy Towell, from Boots and Bulldust, said they had six more cars ready to be worked on and lots of eager kids that are willing to learn.

"Whenever I talk about the program, I'll get a phone call the next day from someone saying I've got a car in my backyard that you can have," Mrs Towell said.

To find out more phone Mrs Towell on 4163 2266.

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