Driving school owner gives back to Helenvale residents

2016-03-16 06:00
: Jenovian Arends (front, third from left) with his students whom he helped obtain their learners’ licences.  Photo: morné du randt

: Jenovian Arends (front, third from left) with his students whom he helped obtain their learners’ licences. Photo: morné du randt

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THE owner of a driving school in Booysen Park is giving back to his community in the same way that he received help years ago.

Jenovian Arends (32), has already helped 30 residents of Helenvale to receive their learners’ licences recently. He offers his services free of charge to Helenvale residents with the help of sponsorships.

Another 70 residents are hoping to receive their learners’ licences in April and another 400 are hoping for enough sponsorships to enable them to obtain their learners’ licenses later in the year.

Arends, who grew up in Helenvale, was helped by Billy Paulson, local musician and director of the Northern Arts Festival, to obtain his licence years ago.

Today Arends is the proud owner of his own business, The Bay Driving School, and decided to assist others who do not have the means to obtain their learners’ licences.

Emeralda Jackson (34) said it was a big dream to obtain her learner’s licence, particularly in the area where she is living because “nothing positive ever happens here.” She added, “Now a seed has been planted and it is starting to bloom.”

Lorenzo Prince (20) is also very impressed with the opportunity which he received to obtain his learner’s licence. Prince says that Arends is a very good example to them.

“Everything that he is doing for Helenvale is good and I will also one day try and do good within this community.”

Arends says the greatest reward he receives, is the smile that radiates from each student once they have taken that next step towards a better future.

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