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Michael Ryan has supported Clontarf Foundation’s work from the day it began in Queensland two years ago.

He began by taking on Harristown State High School student Alex Hinch (pictured right) as a school-based apprentice at his family-owned Darling Downs Tarpaulins (DDT) in Toowoomba.

Alex continued in the role after graduating Year 12 and is working towards completing his trade qualification.

He loves his work and is getting the good things in life, such as a flash car.

Alex was on hand to meet current Harristown Year-12 student Stephen Washington (pictured left) when he began his first day of regular work experience at DDT in August.

Stephen repeated his final year of schooling due to the support of Clontarf and said he’s found the work much easier.

He will get his Queensland Certificate of Education, is becoming work-ready with the help of DDT, is in line for two jobs when he graduates in November and has a girlfriend who’s supporting him all the way.

“Life’s looking pretty good,” Stephen said, thanks to the support of DDT and other local heroes who support the work of Clontarf.

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