Posted by Chris McGrath on Mar 13, 2018
FOR the past 15 years Sandy Dunshea and David Lomax and our club members have been running the RYDA program for young drivers and Year 11 students, and on the back of another successful three days this week, ‘we did good.’
In nutshell:
Total students over three days: 485
Tuesday: 66
(Trangie 10, Wellington 23, Dunedoo 15, Narromine 18).
Wednesday: 161
(Warren 7, St John’s College Dubbo 97, Dubbo Christian School 24, Macquarie Anglican Grammar 33).
Thursday: 258
(Dubbo College).
Total volunteer hours: 248
(This number does not include the amount of time provided by Sue Lomax’s office and Sandy’s office …. before the event.)
Total hours facilitators over three days: 172
THIS year’s RYDA saw the 5000th student comes through the program, that honour going to Georgie Saunders from St John’s College, Dubbo. Sandy made a small presentation to Georgie to mark the occasion.
Fifteen year sponsorship certificates were also presented to Dubbo City Toyota (Graham Hearne) a motor dealership that provided the vehicle used for the stopping and speed checks program; Neverfail Water (Derek Sykes) for the water handed out the students; Coates Hire Dubbo (Andrew Appleby) road barriers; Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Ben Shields) for the venue, Dubbo Showground.
RYDA’s success can also be attributed to further support from Denise and Henry Jom (IGA West Dubbo) and Mark Knaggs and staff at Dubbo Meat and Seafood.
Individuals and businesses such as David Duffy and Pete Debus, Dubbo RSL Memorial Club and South Dubbo Tavern also provided technical support with screens and projectors.
Special thanks also to Rotary Friends, Brian and Carol Cody who organized the barbecue each day (and have done so now for several years previous) and a group of our special ladies Barb Taylor, Vanessa Gower, Tracey Skelly, Betty Male and Virginia Debus, plus Jayne Bleechmore from Dubbo Regional Council Traffic Unit.
Plus our group of members, most of whom were there all three days during the program and on Monday to set up: Mark Powderly (who was the project manager), Sandy Dunshea, club president Bob Male, Barry Hildebrandt, David Lomax, Helena Patriarca, Gordon Bentley, David Ringland, Denis Sheridan, Michael Adams, Steve Gower, Ray Tobin, Sue Lomax. And let’s not forget Shane Alderdice who doubled as a presenter two days in one of most thought about programs “Genevieve’s Story.” If someone slipped through the screen process, my apologies.
This was also Denis Sheridan’s first experience with RYDA and not only did he assist with the barbecue on Thursday he also brought along NAB colleague Scott Phillips who not only helped out but joined Denis attending two of the sessions during the day.
And let’s not forget out invaluable Rotary Exchange Student Kimo Munger from Switzerland who was Mark’s right hand man on Thursday, helped out with the various chores and sat in on different sessions for the students. Thanks mate.
Last but no least, RYDA 2018 received unrivalled interest from the media with stories produced by ABC Western Plains Radio, The Daily Liberal and Photonews, plus Primary and WIN television. This was not only positive stories about RYDA but also the status of Rotary in the community.