The joy of giving and the satisfaction of being involved in a worthwhile project coincided recently.
Chris Cather and Hugh Clarke, Year 9 students at Blaxland High School, helped prevent a much loved but ageing Nissan Pulsar from going to the wreckers and instead turned it into a treasure for a low income refugee.
Chris and Hugh together with teacher Shaun Halden, grabbed the opportunity to give the car a new life. This was exactly what Sarah Emerson and her son, Owen, had in mind when they gifted the car to Blaxland High School for use in the Metal and Automotive program for Years 9 and 10.
During the 200 hour program Chris and Hugh learnt practical mechanical skills. They adjusted and bled the brakes; realigned the wheels; repaired the muffler and exhaust; repaired the clutch and re-adjusted the hand brake.
The car will be given to a young Afghan refugee who is successfully making a new life for himself in Sydney. As well as working full-time he is studying to gain the HSC and this year met all Year 11 requirements. His long-term goal is to attend university. The car from the Emerson’s and students at Blaxland High School will give him the freedom of mobility.