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Bikes to aid education

Mary Bliss (left) and Mark McArdle (right) at the bike presentation.
Mary Bliss (left) and Mark McArdle (right) at the bike presentation.

Caloundra students today were presented with new bikes and helmets as a part of a joint venture between Caloundra State High School and the St Vincent de Paul Caloundra Branch.
Mary Bliss from St Vincent de Paul said the group has been running the “Give a Child a Chance’’ program had been running for two years with fantastic results.
“We thought this was a great opportunity to help them by donating bikes and helmets,’’ Ms Bliss said.
“It makes us so happy to see these deserving kids who are working towards a bright future get something back.’’
Ross Allen from Caloundra State High School Head of Special Education Services said he was grateful to have been presented with the bikes for the students to use.
“We’ve had 12 kids through the program this year and overall we have 60 at the Lighthouse Centre and this partner program with St Vincent’s really bring them out of their shell,’’ he said.
“You can see them change, it’s been really good and seeing them receive these bikes today is just brilliant.’’
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle was on hand today to help present the new wheels and said he was honoured to be a part of the handover.
“St Vincent De Paul provides support to a large number of our residence and I would like to congratulate them once again on an outstanding community initiative,’’ Mr McArdle said.