ARARAT - The last term of the school year saw the completion of the Central Grampians Local Learning and Employment Network's 'On Ya Bike' Program at Ararat North Primary School.
The CGLLEN worked with eight students from the primary school and community mentors every Friday afternoon for an hour to refurbish old bicycles which were donated by the local community.
The students did a great job and completed the bicycles over a nine month period.
The program would not have been successful without the support of community members David Holcombe, Eddie McAdie and Ron Panther alongside five Marian College students Sam Langworthy, Aaryn Dunks, Kaleb O'Riley, Macey Whiting and Charlie Begelhole who helped out with the program.
FReeZA project officer Luke Rudolph thanked the many sponsors who got behind the project.
"We would like to thank Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership, Gasons Pty Ltd and Lardner Brothers Ararat for all their support and kind contributions to the program. And the local community for donating all the second hand bicycles," he said.
Ararat North principal Wendy Byrne said the program was an amazing experience for all the students who participated.
"We all commented on how pleasing it was to see children riding to school instead of being driven," she said.
"A fantastic experience for all. Many thanks to those involved and I hope we can keep it going in 2014."
The program is set to run again this year at Ararat North Primary School with the possibility of it expanding to Stawell as well.
"We are looking for more community members to support the program so if you have the time to give one hour a week mentoring students whilst working on restoring bicycles we would love to hear from you," Mr Rudolph said.
"We would also appreciate any donations of old bicycles for the program."
For more information or to volunteer your time contact Luke 5352 3266.