In April, Dismantle headed back to Kalgoorlie to deliver BikeRescue to kids from the Department of Child Protection & Family Support (DCPFS). DCPFS was established in 2007 to provide a range of child safety and support services to individuals, children and families in Western Australia. The program took place with MEEDAC (Midwest Employment & Economic Development Aboriginal Corporation).
MEEDAC was established in 1997 by the community leaders of Mullewa to provide employment and training opportunities for their people through Community Development Education Programs (CDEP). MEEDAC is a CDP provider on behalf of the Australian Government that offers a range of activities in their community projects e.g. Helping Hands, Creative Hands, Community Shed & Community Garden, to help build employable skills and give back to their community at the same time.
Pat, the CEO at Dismantle, ran BikeRescue from Monday to Friday on the last week of Term 1. Bikes were made for the participants themselves as well as for their siblings. Coincidentally, the end of the program coincides with the start of the school holidays! Armed with their new bikes, participants were able to create positive past times during the holidays.
Big thanks to the support of DCPFS, MEEDAC and Kennards Foundation for making this happen. It was a blast!