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Frog Crew Powered Up And Mobile Thanks To Honda

April 7, 2009 - When the Frog Crew set up their Honda powered trailer in the vibrant Cronulla mall on a Saturday night, they usually draw around 300 young people from the nightclubs nearby.

Party-goers come to enjoy a safe space and free water, as well as using the Xbox, television, stereo and DVD player. The seemingly endless supply of red frogs always goes down well.

“We’re a lot more mobile now thanks to Honda, who gave us our EU20i generator. We used to be limited to places with mains power, but now we take the trailer out to parks, the mall and high schools.”

According to the Frog Crew’s Program Manager, Dave Standen, they started out with members helping at Schoolies on the Gold Coast, giving out red frogs and looking after young people at risk of hurting themselves.

“When we came back from Schoolies we realised that there’s the same need in Cronulla every Friday and Saturday night!” said Mr Standen.

“We’ve been setting up in Cronulla mall for about 18 months now, and have just started bringing the trailer out now that we have the generator.”

“We bring the trailer out twice a month, to keep it exciting. Every time we go out, people come up to us and ask ‘where’s the trailer?’ and ‘when are you bringing the trailer out next?’”

The Frog Crew is a non-profit community outreach program of the Kingsway Community Church that works in partnership with local police, council, license venues and youth services.

It is made up of 45 volunteers as well as Dave Standen and Program Director Brook Stewart.

“We engage with young people on their turf, providing them with positive role models and supporting them at their point of need,” said Mr Standen.

“We had the trailer built through donations from our local rotary, and now we have power thanks to Honda.”

“It’s so quiet, when we first got it we had to keep checking it was on!”

The Frog Crew also visit local high schools twice a term, providing drug and alcohol education to students in years 10 - 12.

For more information on the Frog Crew go to: www.thefrogcrew.org.au.