THE Tamworth PCYC is revved up and gearing to go after a new van was gifted to the club by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation yesterday.
The PCYC secured a $42,500 grant from the foundation to replace their 14-year-old bus, which proved costly to maintain.
PCYC manager Kylie O’Leary was thrilled to receive the van so quickly.
“The old van was run down, it was costing a lot of money, it had no air-con – it was very old and starting to fall apart,” PCYC manager Kylie O’Leary said.
She said the new van would help the PCYC continue their projects, such as their breakfast program, which picks up youth at risk from their homes, gives them breakfast and time for a workout, and drops them to school in the hope of decreasing truancy rates.
She said it would be used for PCYC excursions and sporting events, but also by charity organisations, schools and football clubs.
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation acting chairman Barrie Lewis said the money had gone to a worthy cause.
“The Charitable Foundation is here to help people, so if anybody has a project that the foundation might be able to fund, call 13 19 87,” he said.