Rotary Club of South Launceston District D9830
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Club Meetings:
Thursday for fellowship at 6pm followed by Dinner at 6:30pm
Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron Street, Launceston, Tasmania

Programs | Rotary Youth Driver Awareness


RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety.  As part of an interactive one-day experience, students experience high-speed braking, devise travel strategies that will work for them in the real world and get tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.  Perhaps the most impactful moments come from the personal stories of loss and survival.  In one session, students watch a powerful and emotional video on the life and tragic death of and 18 year old provisional driver and her best friend.  And in another, they sit with a crash survivor and hear first-hand how one poor choice can change a life forever. 

RYDA is designed for grade 10 students who are approaching that crucial time in their lives where they start to drive independently or are travelling as passengers of novice drivers.

How RYDA got started in Tasmania.....

In May 2006 incoming DG Lou Johnson approached South Launceston Rotarian Kevin Preece asking him to Chair the introduction one of several new District 9830 programs Lou was hoping to get off the ground during his year as District Governor.

Kevin liked the idea of a youth orientated project and chose to introduce the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness Program. The program had been developed by Rotarians in the District around North Sydney with a view to it becoming a national program.

Under the guidance of the RYDA Executive Officer at the time Ian Robertson and the help of fellow Rotarian Max Watkins a committee of Rotarians in the Launceston area was formed and a very successful pilot program was presented to 500 grade 10 students over 3 days at Symmons Plains Motor Racing Circuit. During the program many Rotarians from across Tasmania visited and observed the presentations and were so impressed that Kevin had strong support in setting up committees in Hobart and  Devonport.

All of the committees have performed strongly since inception and in 2007 the program was conducted statewide, it has grown to the point that now every Grade 10 student in Tasmania has the opportunity to participate in the program  which is subject to continuous upgrading and modification to maintain its relevance to youth road safety.

Rotary in Tasmania is very grateful to the Tasmanian Government and the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania who have been major financial supporters of the program along with every Rotary Club in District 9830 who made financial contributions to the initial introduction of the program

To view more on this powerful program download this flyer.


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