Tom Rozsa, branch sales manager for the Australasian Hydraulink Group in Laverton, Victoria recently put his mechanical knowledge and industrial experience to good use by donating his spare car to disadvantaged people in his area.
Rozsa knew the veteran Mitsubishi Magna, which he had bought near-new for his wife but which was now just sitting in the driveway, could be put to more worthwhile use than simply being sent to the wreckers.
“All three of our daughters learned to drive in that car after my wife was finished with it, so the vehicle was kept in good condition,” he says. “But it was a bit of a boomerang, because when each of the kids got on their feet and bought their own cars, it kept being handed back to me. I thought it would be a waste to take it to a wrecking yard, so I was pleased when a friend of mine told me about Concern Australia’s Hand Brake Turn programme.”
This partly Government-funded organisation aims to turn people’s lives around. Among Concern’s other programmes, the Hand Brake Turn programme trains school leavers in mechanical repairs and life skills. If a donated car is beyond repair, they pull it apart to learn how everything works.
“Or, in the case of a car in good condition, they restore it to roadworthy,” Rozsa explains. “Once done, it is re-registered and then sold to a disadvantaged family or a single parent at the same cost it took to bring it back to spec.”
The trainees can then apply the mechanical expertise they gain across a range of vehicles and industrial machines.
“We like fixing things at work and keeping them in tip-top condition, and I didn’t want to see our own faithful car, which was a good piece of machinery, go to waste,” Rozsa says. “So I was pleased to find a worthwhile cause that could use it - and I will also be interested to find out what else I can do to assist them.”
Hydraulink Group Marketing Manager Daniella Laurenzi says that while Tom’s donation of the car was entirely his own decision, it is applauded by his peers at Hydraulink, whose social programmes range from a recent sleepout at head office to raise money for homeless Australians through to fundraisers for maltreated animals.
“Tom’s thoughtful and generous action is definitely one of the big individual initiatives I have heard of in our workplace family, but it’s not uncommon amongst Hydraulink staff, and it’s a gesture that’s very much in line with the kindness our colleagues display and support,” she says. “He will be embarrassed to be getting attention from his workmates, who are very impressed.”
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