$40,000 grant to PCYC Bundaberg
PCYC Bundaberg's Sergeant John Kendall's tireless work to help troubled children in the region has been rewarded with a $40,000 grant.
After a difficult 12 months, PCYC Bundaberg is starting 2016 with a significant boost to its financial situation after winning the grant from Newman's Own Foundation - the foundation left by Hollywood actor and philanthropist the late Paul Newman.
Just several months after PCYC confirmed construction of its new home would begin this year, Bundaberg PCYC was selected as one of 23 charities from across Australia to share in $1 million of empowerment grants from the foundation.
Australian charities nationwide were invited by the foundation to nominate individuals from within their organisations whose work empowered others to overcome extraordinary adverse circumstances.
Bundaberg PCYC succeeded in receiving a grant to fund its U-Turn program, which is aimed at "at risk" and "in trouble" youth as well as further develop its Youth Mentoring program at schools.
Sgt Kendall was selected for his work to break the cycle of poverty, unemployment, disengagement with school, drug and alcohol abuse and crime among Bundaberg youth
He described the influx of funding as potentially "lifesaving".
"We were stoked, especially with the transition of PCYC in the past year," he said.
"We really needed that money to help us with these programs."
Sgt Kendall said the mentoring program had been running successfully for the past 12 months with incredible results.
These mentors are community-minded people who are run through a rigorous selection process before being partnered up with a young person in need of a positive influence in their lives.
"They may just share a similar interest with the person they are partnered up with," Sgt Kendall said.
"By putting a mentor in their life we are giving them guidance."
PCYC Queensland spokeswoman Tienne Lindemann said Sgt Kendall's inclusive approach inspired those around him on a daily basis.