Rotary Young Driver Awareness program

The Rotary Club of Clare has just completed another very successful Rotary Young Driver Awareness program (RYDA) which was supported for the third year in succession by Beyond Bank Australia.

The community based initiative of Rotary Clubs is to partner with organisations in our community, throughout Australia, who have an interest in road safety for youth.

This year’s event was again held in Clare on the 30th and 31st of May 2016 at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre.

In excess of 180 Year 11 students participated in the potentially lifesaving course which educates students in the risks of driving and how to be safe on our roads.

Schools represented included those from Clare, Riverton, Balaklava, Snowtown and surrounding district.

There were six interactive sessions to the day long course; topics covered in the program were Hazards and Distractions, Speed and Stopping (practical demonstration), After the Crash (the shared experience of a crash survivor), The Personality Test, Rights and Responsibilities and “Genevieve’s Story” (from her parents and friends perspective).

Event Convener Barrie Smith and his group of Rotary volunteers once again conducted a successful two days with military styled precision.

Bringing together students from across the District for a full day course could be challenging, but not to this select and professional service group.

Many success stories have been attributed to students participating in this training program provided by local Rotary Clubs throughout Australia.

Beyond Bank Clare Senior Relationship Advisor Gareth Toms was effusive in his admiration and praise for the content of the program and offered congratulations to the Event Convener Barrie Smith and the Rotary Club of Clare, all community presenters and volunteers, and of course all participating students.

Together we can create more good!