Youth embrace helmet safety

INCREASED safety for young bike riders is now on the horizon thanks to a new program that will make helmets more accessible to residents in the Clarendon Vale and Rokeby municipalities.

Spearheaded by Mission Australia Housing, the Clarence Plains Bike Helmet program will provide customised Fox multi-purpose helmets to young residents for the low price of $5 or a commitment of five-hours of community contribution by the child or family member.

Mission Australia Housing community chaplain Stephen Schlenk said the idea for the program came in response to concerns raised by local resident Marie Crick.

“Marie came to us with her concerns after witnessing an accident where a small child not wearing a bike helmet was involved in a mishap,” he said.

“Since then, we have noticed a large number of children in the Clarence Plains area that do not have bike helmets due to financial and family situations.”

Over the next year, Mission Australia Housing in partnership with the Clarence Council Youth Centre worked with Ms Crick to see her idea become a reality.

Mr Schlenk said the main hope for the program was to see all local bike riders become more safety conscious.

“We just want to see everyone return home in one piece,” he said.

“As part of the program, there will also be an assortment of stickers available, which can be used to spice up and customise each helmet.

“All helmets are new and have been provided through the generous support of individuals and community partners.”

Since the program’s launch on 1 March, more than half a dozen helmets have been purchased.

For more information or to submit an application for a bike helmet, contact Dave at the Clarence Youth Centre by phoning 6247 1230.

Caption: Local resident Marie Crick with young bike rider Kye at the launch of the Clarence Plains Bike Helmet program.