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Linkt volunteer Russell Hemery, Ed Reed from Ellenbrook Rotary, resident Jakeb Byfield and Ellenbrook Mens Shed president Jack Zanetti of Aveley.

Back-to-front bike to help addicts recover

BUILDING a back-to-front bicycle for use at a rehabilitation centre has involved the input of Ellenbrook Rotary and Ellenbrook Mens Shed.

Ed Reed from Ellenbrook Rotary said he asked Darrylin Brain from Linkt Therapeutic Day Centre in Midland how Rotary could help the centre to assist people who were trying to deal with alcohol and drug addictions and the incorrect use of prescription drugs.

Ms Brain and Linkt volunteer Russell Hemery said they would like a back-to-front bicycle.

“This would show addicts that it is a difficult path to recovery and they would like the bike as a demonstration and teaching aid,’’ Mr Reed said.

“Linkt had plans but were unable to find anyone to make it or those that could the cost was prohibitive.’’

Mr Reed approached friends at the well-equipped Ellenbrook Mens Shed, which has a group of retired but enthusiastic men.

“In the metal work section is retired engineer Les Coy, who looked at the project and came up with a new cost-effective way to construct the bike.’’

When the bike was completed it was presented to Linkt Therapeutic Day Centre.

Mr Reed said they all hoped that many lives would be redirected after trying to master the machine.

“It is a matter of re-training our brain and leaving these (addictive) substances to become useful community members.

“This project is an example of how our community can all work together – Rotary Ellenbrook and Ellenbrook Mens Shed – for the betterment of our community and make those people that have been caught in the drug trap rejoin all of us in our communities.”

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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