DRIVING IT FORWARD: Melanie Winton-Holmes and her son Chris Holmes, who is a learner driver. They are offering to drive people around for free this festive season. Picture: Adam McLeanA Wollongong mum and her teenage son have found a novel way to help those needing help this festive season.
The pair are offering to pick up people needing a lift and drive them to where they need to go, free of charge.
The only catch is they have to agree to be driven by learnerdriver Chris Holmes, while being supervised by mum Melanie Winton-Holmes.
Ms Winton-Holmes said the response from the public so far has been “amazing’’.
“Chris and I are driving around as it is trying to build up the  hours he needs so I thought we probably could use this time better….that’s when we decided to post on thePaying It Forward Wollongong Facebook page,’’ she said.
Melanie Winton-HolmesMercury spoke to Ms Winton-Holmes and 17-year-old Chris, they had already helped three people get to where they needed to be, including taking a woman to the hospital.
Ms Winton-Holmes, who teaches at Five Islands Secondary College in Port Kembla, said her son was more than happy to drive people around.
Chris said he found the process ‘’therapeutic’’.
DRIVING IT FORWARD: Melanie Winton-Holmes and her son Chris Holmes, who is a learner driver. They are offering to drive people around for free this festive season. Picture: Adam McLean
‘’I’m quite confident andenjoy driving and find it very therapeutic actually,’’ the Wollongong High School of Performing Arts student said.
‘’The people I’m driving around have been great. They know I’m a L-plater but are just so grateful.
‘’I’m glad we are able to help people, especially at this time of the year when it is a bit more stressful for people.’’
Chris and his mum are happy to drive people anywhere from Bulli to Shellharbour.
‘’Those who would like us to do this need to visit the Paying It Forward Wollongong website or Facebook page,’’ shesaid.