Posted by Chris McGrath, Barry Hildebrandt on Mar 08, 2019
RYDA (Rotary Young Driver Awareness) wound day at the Dubbo Showground with 115 year-11 students, most learner drivers, taking part in the six workshops that we hope will make them better and more responsible drivers.
St John’s College had 90 students take part, along with 10 from Dunedoo, six from Coolah and another five from Warren Central School.

The program, under the direction of South Dubbo Rotary Club member Mark Powderly and his team, opened the three-day program with 102 students. We hosted 34 students from Dubbo Christian School, Macquarie Anglican (MAGS) 18, Trangie 14, Gulargambone 6, Mendooran 9 and Wellington High School 21. 
RYDA on this occasion was officially opened by Dubbo Regional Council Mayor Ben Shields.
Thursday will wind down RYDA for another year with about 300 students expected to take part, headed by Dubbo Senior College and Narromine High.
With a dedicated team of presenters and a host of Rotary club volunteers who guide the students around the workshops, and others who provide food and refreshments for the students and teachers, this is another huge South Dubbo Rotary Club community event.
Last year was our 15th year of RYDA and we had our 5000th student. 
Rotary club president Michael Adams hopes that 2020 will see RYDA pass the 6000 mark.
A major plus for RYDA again this year has been positive media focus from television, print and radio networks. We hope you now know more about RYDA and what Rotary, and in this case South Dubbo Rotary) does in the community.