Crowd-funding set to help refugee driver education

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TAGS Driver education Crowd-funding set to help refugee driver education 3 December 2015 by Paige Carfrae · News Corp Australia network A crowd-funding scheme is attempting to raise money to subsidise driving lessons for asylum seekers. An initiative to subsidise driving lessons for asylum seekers is set to hand them much more than the keys to a car.The Wheels to the Future campaign aims to get crowd-funding for driving lessons for asylum seekers so they can get their driver’s licences, in turn providing them with a higher quality of life and more job opportunities.Ariana Driving School instructor Sajia Ariana came to Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan in 1996 and has spent the past 17 years working predominantly with asylum seekers.“I saw lots of people, especially Muslim ladies, having problems getting their licence,” Mrs Ariana said.“Some of them can’t really go with strange men in the car and that’s when I first thought, OK, if I could help them that would be nice.”The Forest Lake instructor said asylum seekers had limited finances for driving lessons and subsidising the lessons would also have a positive impact on the economy.“Without their licence they can’t take the children to school, they can’t go to the doctor (and) the transportation in Brisbane is not good enough,” she said.“Most of these people are really keen to work and once they have a licence they can easily go and find a job ... They won’t even need government support.”Campaign organiser Lisa Siganto hoped the community would get behind such a positive cause.“We felt it would be relatively easy to find 500 community supporters giving $50 each,” Ms Siganto said.The campaign is being facilitated by Communify, a Brisbane community organisation.Tell us what you think in the comments below. Related articles Toyota Echo Star Car 19992 January 2000 by Holden Astra - Star of 19981 January 1999 by Paul Gover No. 1 VT goes to the top of the tree19 December 1997 by Paul Gover New Shrike still lacks grunt28 January 1994 by Patrick Lyons Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Road Test7 January 1994 by Patrick Lyons What to read next Comments Related articles Toyota Echo Star Car 19992 January 2000 by Holden Astra - Star of 19981 January 1999 by Paul Gover No. 1 VT goes to the top of the tree19 December 1997 by Paul Gover New Shrike still lacks grunt28 January 1994 by Patrick Lyons Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Road Test7 January 1994 by Patrick Lyons Related pages Driver education Related cars for sale Search all cars for sale Get the latest news, reviews and advice every week '); }