Program a 'game-changer', says Brendan

EXPERIENCE: Brendan Russell, 21, is a firm believer if Wellington should support an incentive to drive down youth crime, the town will see results. Photo: ELOUISE HAWKEY
EXPERIENCE: Brendan Russell, 21, is a firm believer if Wellington should support an incentive to drive down youth crime, the town will see results. Photo: ELOUISE HAWKEY

Brendan Russell of Lithgow was released from custody at the beginning of the year after completing an 18-month term.

The 21-year-old said he has found direction through Paul Engeler’s guidance in a time when his life “wasn’t so great” and said he wholeheartedly believes this influence has the potential to benefit other youth heading down the road of self destruction.

It is for this reason Brendan has become an advocate for Paul’s work and is a strong believer that should Wellington take advantage of this program it will pay in dividends for the community.

“I grew up in foster care and would loved to have met Paul years ago,” Brendan said.

“Not many people in the community want to help young kids but he just does it out of the kindness of his heart and that’s why I like helping him.”

As someone who has experienced bouts of issues himself Brendan said it is courses such as this which help youth find direction while obtaining skills.

“It’s the way Paul influences you to do your best, he doesn’t expect it he just asks you to try,” Brendan said.

“Most kids hate asking for help but with Paul he’d walk up to a group of kids and spread the word, it’s a wonderful thing he’s doing.

“Since I’ve met Paul I have more confidence in speaking to people, I’ve changed into a better person, he has helped me get back into society.”

If you are interested in supporting this initiative you can contact Paul via email at paul.excelus@icloud.com

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