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Author: Craig Eardley

Central Coast Carols event helps young people to learn to drive

Young people doing it tougher than some on the Central Coast will be given a helping hand to learn to drive thanks to the Christmas spirit of local people and two businesses.

Mingara And Greater Building Society have presented the Salvation Army with a cheque for $20,207. The Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Centre, at Wyong, will use the money to purchase a car to help young people to learn to drive as part of its Drive for Life program.

The donation comes from the proceeds of the Mingara Christmas Under the Stars event held on December 21 at the Mingara Regional Athletics Centre. As well as ticket sales, Greater staff sold candles and glow sticks. (Check out the highlights of the event in our video at the foot of this story!)

Mingara sports and community manager Sarah Ferman said Mingara and The Greater both exist for their members and the Christmas carols event is a chance to make life great for people of the Central Coast in a number of ways.

Ms Ferman said the event gave more than 16,000 local residents the chance to celebrate Christmas as well as give local young people a gift of independence; being able to drive.

“Helping young people to learn to drive safely benefits our whole community,” Ms Ferman said.

The Greater has supported Mingara Christmas Under the Stars for three years. Its Tuggerah branch manager, Faith Morgan, said it was special to see people singing and candles raised high to support others in the community.

Ms Morgan thanked Central Coast people for supporting the event and the Salvos.

“We are very serious about helping people with money but we also like to have fun,” Ms Morgan said.

“The Greater’s been helping Central Coast people with their banking for more than 45 years and sponsoring this event is just one of the ways we give back our community.”