The speakers from Hand Brake Turn were Jonathan Sugumar and Geoff Manton
It was a proud moment for our Club as our Rotary Club of Keilor has been a proud supporter of Hand Brake Turn for many years . Handbrake Turn helps turn around the lives of disadvantaged young people. by providing hands on training in automotive skills for young people aged 15 to 21 who have difficulty within the mainstream education system.  The program now takes seven weeks and it provides
  • Technical skills include automotive care skills, OH&S, industry knowledge, computer skills, finance, numeracy and literacy skills, and language.
  • Life skills include self-reflection, goal setting, managing expectations, creative expression, self-confidence, social and communication skills.
For more than 25 years, Handbrake Turn has been successfully delivering this program to more than 10,000 students already trained and a high completion rate. We have been improving wellbeing for participants and increasing their engagement with their family and communities – our program works!
As part of our fiXit initiative we are able to sell or refit donated cars to clients or community members. Last year, 57 cars were donated which raised $31,000 for Hand Brake Turn. We appreciate donations of cars, bicycles, tools, and other resources to support our program and community.
You can strengthen Hand Brake Turn for the future through our fiXit program by booking your car in for a service, or donating old cars.
Fix it has two main elements:
  • We repair and service donated cars that are then sold or gifted to members of the community who are in need.
  • We service cars for staff, community partners and members of the public, and make minor necessary repairs where needed.
Any income made from servicing and selling cars goes back into the Hand Brake Turn program to support disengaged young people discover a career path.
To donate cars please contact Josh Niclair on or 0449 195 359.