Breanna and the car – Channel Men’s Shed Heart Warmer

We have a real heart warmer report.
It started with an attempt by a couple, who have no wish for publicity, to trade in the wife’s car.
Failing to get a reasonable offer for the old vehicle (a 1999 Daihatsu Sirion) they decided to make it available for donation to a worthy cause. Generously, they also agreed to fund the replacement of the clutch which was giving trouble.The Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association passed the offer on to us and, after some

The Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association passed the offer on to us and, after some investigation, we agreed to both repair the car and to find a worthy donor. The clutch was provided free by the local Repco store and, in return, the donors agreed to extend the registration out to December.

Meanwhile, Ross Thomas our Shed computer mentor who has also been volunteering at the “Gearing Up” Learn to drive programme, supported by the Huon Council, became aware that learner driver and single mum, Breanna (and her delightful infant daughter)  would be ideal recipients.

Ross spent some 40 hours mentoring Breanna with her driving skills. This mentoring proved very beneficial with Breanna satisfactorily gaining her provisional license. RACT was approached regarding insuring the vehicles and made a welcome donation of $500 to the Shed to assist with our good work. The car insurance and a new baby seat have been purchased as a result.

Breanna has been walking 45 minutes from home to casual work at a disability care centre and, as Ross explained in his persuasive appeal to the committee, would benefit from the availability of a car to visit family on the other side of Hobart and, perhaps more importantly, would have more access to casual work with improved transport.