Mechanic has ‘trip of lifetime’

A business owner from Giltbrook has described a recent trip to Tanzania as ‘the best experience of his life’.

David Price who owns Surf Blue garage went out to the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro to help build a classroom where children could be taught mechanics.

“It was absolutely fantastic. The best experience of my life,” he said.

“It was great to be helping people out in the community and to be a part of something that’s giving the young kids an education.

“I want to take my girlfriend so she can see everything that I experienced first hand,” he added.

David is an apprentice at a college in Ruddington and won his place on the trip after winning the training provider’s ‘vehicle technician of the year’.

The 25-year-old learnt all about local traditions and the local language, but said his highlight was going on safari, where he had to change a burst tyre surrounded by lions.

“The driver drove over a big boulder so I got out and changed the wheel,” said David.

“We were surrounded by zebras, wilderbeast, elephants, and even lions.

“It was a bit odd not knowing exactly where they were lurking nearby!”

The trip was set up for four apprentices that came top at Remit’s national awards, held in December last year.

Remit has been supporting the Village Education Project Kilimanjaro for the past couple of years, providing tools and resources to enable them to set up a new vocational centre teaching motor mechanics.