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2016 Wrap Up

Posted by ROADwhyz on January 19, 2017 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (28)
2016 was another huge year for ROADwhyz, we made 31 presentations including High schools, TAFE campuses and Apprentice groups. We also ventured out on a road trip where we kicked off at Brisbane Waters Secondary College on the Central Coast. BW hosted several other local schools from that area, the team did two presentations in the one day and then headed off to Sydney to present to another group of 8 schools in total from surrounding Sydney areas. The road trip was a huge success and suggested that we might try the same format in 2017 to service our local Hunter high Schools. We kick this format off March 24 with a big presentation for Newcastle schools at the Newcastle city hall 9-3 the day will have two presentations, so far we have 6 schools booked in for the morning and 4 for the arvo. If it goes well we will organise another for Newcastle around Sept/oct. Will keep you all posted on that. With our Young Driver Merit award still going we were able to help 42 young students begin their driving career with FREE driving lessons, thanks to the help of Motoron Driving School and Drive5 Learner driver training. We would like to thank both Ron and Peter respectively for their ongoing support and commitment to our program. The ROADwhyz team will continue to visit those schools who require and individual presentation due to the numbers at the school, our aim is that no local school miss out. We have scheduled two community events for 2017, one at end of June just before school hols and one in Dec , dates will be posted on the calendar and bookings can be made through the contact us link. 2017 will see the ROADwhyz program and team celebrate 10 years of service to the community. We have always been passionate about road safety, getting the message out to the young drivers of the future and helping educate where we can to assist in reducing the road toll and contributing to a goal of 'TOWARDS ZERO' ROAD TOLL. ROADwhyz Victoria, our sister program, is taking a break while its coordinator Jason recovers from illness, we will keep you posted as to its return. ROADwhyz is looking forward to starting a few new projects in 2017, involving local youth, keep an eye out on our FB page and website for updates. Here's to another successful year that would not be possible without the ongoing support of our volunteer presenters representing NAW Ambulance Paramedics, NSW Highway Patrol, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Motoron Driving school and Drive5 Driver Training. Bring on 2017 and all it has to offer, we are ready :) Happy New Year everyone.

2015 Wrap up

Posted by ROADwhyz on December 12, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The ROADwhyz team would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for you ongoing support everything you do helps us do what we do in the best way possible.

 

Thanks to ongoing support from the community we have supported 16 students in getting their P’s by helping to provide free driving lessons for them through our Young Driver Merit awards. What a great start for our young drivers.

 

In 2015 we did 22 presentations which equates to roughly 2,640 students, a fantastic effort for a small program providing a big impact.

 

We received quite a bit of media interest in July, August and Sept through Channel 7 news, YouTube and face book, this bought us to the attention of Central Coast and Sydney schools, as such we have locked in a road trip for 2016 on the 9th and 10th of March. We plan to deliver two presentations in one day on each day, presenting to approximately 1000 students per presentation

 

We already have 15 bookings for 2016 so it looks like being another busy year.

You can be sure that the ROADwhyz team will do it’s very best to continue to spread the word and assist our young drivers to make better choices while driving or as a passenger.

 

Merry Christmas Everyone, travel safe and see you in the New Year.

Michelle and the ROADwhyz team

 

A Powerfull Poem - Sums up Road Trauma riple effect

Posted by ROADwhyz on August 19, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A powerful poem sgared by a retired Seargent of teh NSW Police Force

ALONG THE ROAD.

Along the road you’ll see them, reminders of the loss,

Some flowers tied up to a tree and always there’s a cross,

You’ll see them on a highway or on a country lane,

I’ve seen them on some city streets, a souvenir of pain.


They’ll mostly be around a bend or where the road goes straight,

The reason for them being there is hard to contemplate,

But no matter what the story is behind the sorry tale,

It’s never easy to accept, it was all to no avail.


I’ve seen it close at hand, this carnage on the road,

I’ve told a mother of her son and now she bears a load,

For every day she’ll often think of where he could be now,

If only she had warned him, to slow him down somehow.


How often does it happen when the cross it represents,

A person who did nothing wrong, who committed no offence,

The driver then must live alone with his conscience and his thought,

And try his best to come to terms, his actions were for nought.


And now this generation with their text and mobile phones,

Have found a way of adding another few headstones,

And despite the constant warnings and the efforts of Police,

The road toll keeps on rising, I doubt that it will cease.


And for each and every cross, there are loved ones left at home,

Without the chance to say goodbye and left there all alone,

Alone with thoughts of happy days that will never come again,

They hold on to the memories to try and ease their pain.


But the crosses do remind us, how quick our lives can change,

Don’t take your life for granted, your fate you can’t arrange,

It’s bad enough to lose a friend, a relative or mate,

Let’s hope you’re not the next in line to reach the pearly gate.

 

So every time you drive a car, a bus, a truck or bike,

Remember when it comes to death, they are very much alike,

I could think of nothing worse than to leave here in my prime,

I’d rather be a minute late than be just dead on time.

 

Ralph Scrivens (Sgt. NSW Police Force, Retired)

11 January, 2015. Corrimal ©

 

A Poerful Poem - Sums up Road Trauma riple effect

Posted by ROADwhyz on August 19, 2015 at 11:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A powerful poem sgared by a retired Seargent of teh NSW Police Force

ALONG THE ROAD.

Along the road you’ll see them, reminders of the loss,

Some flowers tied up to a tree and always there’s a cross,

You’ll see them on a highway or on a country lane,

I’ve seen them on some city streets, a souvenir of pain.


They’ll mostly be around a bend or where the road goes straight,

The reason for them being there is hard to contemplate,

But no matter what the story is behind the sorry tale,

It’s never easy to accept, it was all to no avail.


I’ve seen it close at hand, this carnage on the road,

I’ve told a mother of her son and now she bears a load,

For every day she’ll often think of where he could be now,

If only she had warned him, to slow him down somehow.


How often does it happen when the cross it represents,

A person who did nothing wrong, who committed no offence,

The driver then must live alone with his conscience and his thought,

And try his best to come to terms, his actions were for nought.


And now this generation with their text and mobile phones,

Have found a way of adding another few headstones,

And despite the constant warnings and the efforts of Police,

The road toll keeps on rising, I doubt that it will cease.


And for each and every cross, there are loved ones left at home,

Without the chance to say goodbye and left there all alone,

Alone with thoughts of happy days that will never come again,

They hold on to the memories to try and ease their pain.


But the crosses do remind us, how quick our lives can change,

Don’t take your life for granted, your fate you can’t arrange,

It’s bad enough to lose a friend, a relative or mate,

Let’s hope you’re not the next in line to reach the pearly gate.

 

So every time you drive a car, a bus, a truck or bike,

Remember when it comes to death, they are very much alike,

I could think of nothing worse than to leave here in my prime,

I’d rather be a minute late than be just dead on time.

 

Ralph Scrivens (Sgt. NSW Police Force, Retired)

11 January, 2015. Corrimal ©

 

MEMORIAL VIDEO

Posted by ROADwhyz on July 23, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

A post from MICHELLE- ROADwhyz co-founder and coordinator

10 years ago today I lost my beautiful sons, Georgia Amess lost her big brothers, Todd Davis lost his step sons and many friends lost their best mate. In honour of their memory I wanted to give them something to mark this milestone.....I wished we could send them on a big holiday for their birthdays as we will do for their sister on her 21st. In lieu of a physical trip I decided to share our story, introduce my boys and send a message of hope and a reminder to be mindful when driving. I asked my Facebook friends to watch the link below and share the message with as many people as they could so that we can send the boys on a European vacation, I hoped they would  land in 10 different countries.

One week on from sharing the video, here are the stats:

Views: 5,264

Places the video has been played: Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, United States, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Belgium, Italy, Thailand, Nepal, Germany, Spain, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Africa, Croatia, India, Sweden, Greece, Ireland, Guatemala, Iceland, Singapore, Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, France, Portugal, Vietnam, Philippines, Croatia, Czech Republic, Singapore, Germany, Russia, Denmark, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Sri Lanka, Iceland, South Africa, Switzerland, Chile, Cambodia, Austria, Macedonia, Guernsey, Japan. (51)

Number of Shares: 3,209

Copy and paste into your browser, watch and share if you feel it should be shared with someone

https/youtu.be/bGCDls8g0oE

Travel Safe

Michelle

 

ROADwhyz Wrap Up 2014

Posted by ROADwhyz on December 21, 2014 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The ROADwhyz team would like to wish all its site and Facebook members a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We would like to say a huge thank you for you ongoing support throughout the year wether it be financially, time or contributing to our social media discussions, everything you do as a community helps us do what we do for the community the best way possible.

Can we say a very special thank you to our local Rotarians, who this year contributed collectively approximately $16,000.00 to ROADwhyz, also to local businesses who supported out ‘Young Driver Merit Award’ as a group you have all helped the program continue to run and supported 30 students in getting their P’s by helping to provide free driving lessons for them. What a great start for our young drivers.

In 2014 we did 30 presentations which equates to roughly 4,500 students. They all got the ROADwhyz message, a fantastic effort for a small program providing a big impact.

We were proud to be finalists in the Australian Road Safety Awards in 3 categories this year, we’ve come such a long way since 2007 and its great to recognized by people and groups in high places a strong contenders for road safety.

We already have several bookings for 2015 so it looks like being another busy year, we look forward to your continued support and thank you in advance.

You can be sure that the ROADwhyz team will do its very best to continue to spread the word and assist our young drivers to make better choices while driving or as a passenger.

Merry Christmas Everyone, travel safe and see you in the new year.

Michelle and the ROADwhyz team

 

ROTARY Support for 2014

Posted by ROADwhyz on August 19, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The ROADwhyz team would like to say a huge thanks to Madeleine Atkins, who in her role as District Governor Partner Rotary International Precinct 9670 has helped to raise $16000.00 for ROADwhyz in the past 12 months. 

This has boosted our presence within the local community as well as securing us funds that will ensure we continue to deliver our program and especially our new initiative "Young Driver Merit Award" for quite some time to come.

The following Rotary clubs have supported Madeleines fund raising efforts and donated generously to the ROADwhyz cause:

Cessnock, Cessnock wine Country, Cobar, District Conference, Dubbo Macquarie, Dubbo West, Greenhill's Maitland, Kurri Kurri Sunrise, Maitland, Maitland Sunrise, Merriwa, NARROMINE, Newcastle Sunrise, Paterson, Singleton Diggers, Singleton on Hunter, Wallsend -Maryland, Waratah, Waratah Trivia night and Williamtown. :)

THANK YOU ROTARY

Road Safety Education - Research report findings

Posted by ROADwhyz on May 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Keys2Drive program is a program similar to ROADwhyz and one in which we have been guest speakers on several occasions. A recent evaluation of the program has shown a nearly 50% reduction in crashes for those learners who do the K2D lesson. For details please see https://www.keys2drive.com.au/PDF/Keys2Drive_Report_FINAL_2013.pdf.

It is hard to find research that proves education improves road safety outcomes. So to find one that has proven to be effective is special.

Young Driver Merit award Sponsorship

Posted by ROADwhyz on April 9, 2014 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Huge THANKS to Sternbeck's Real Estate Cessnock who have jumped on board our sponsorship program. Thanks for ensuring that 3 young people get 5 FREE lessons each setting them up for quality instruction and a great starting point to better driving.

 

Media campaigns and Motor Vehicles

Posted by ROADwhyz on March 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 BMW have just started running ads aimed at car buyers.The ads actually include a standing BMW car revving it’s engine as racing cars do – then it races of through the streets with tyres screeching. I rest my case!

DO YOU THINK THAT this irresponsible ‘new’ theme, is detrimental to road safety initiatives?

What can we do about the advertising industry?


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