Raymond Terrace Driver Training Program celebrates their first year Medowie & Tilligerry News Of The Area Raymond Terrace, Heatherbrae, Tomago by News Of The Area - Modern Media - December 11, 2018 Steve Merritt (President Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace) Brook Roach (Aboriginal Education Officer Hunter River High School), John Chambers (Past President Raymond Terrace Rotary), Brad Heuchan (General Manager Klosters Ford), Kieran Morley (First graduate of the course), Ronald ‘Wally’ Kelly (Wahroonga Aboriginal Corporation), Rebecca Fleming (PCYC), Tony Townsend (Chief Inspector Stephens-Hunter Police District), Dean French (Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer). IN 2017 The Raymond Terrace Rotary Club started a program to help disadvantaged or at-risk young people obtain their driver’s licence. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or email@example.com Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE One year later and the program has proven to be a wonderful success with 21 young people passing through the program. Klosters Ford generously donated the first car to the program. The program enables youths who may not otherwise have the means, gain access to professional driving instructors for two to three lessons, then continue ongoing sessions with trained mentors. The driving mentors are volunteers from many community organisations such as SES, Rotary, and Waroongha Land Council. The mentors undergo a safe driver program run by the Port Stephens Council prior to working with the program. PCYC, Local Police, and local highs schools are among the many organisations involved in this important community program. Chief Inspector Stephens-Hunter Police District Tony Townsend said, “It’s wonderful that Brad and the team at Klosters are able to help with this program. In an area like this having your licence is one of the best qualifications you can have.” Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer Mr Dean French told News of the Area, “It helps to build independence and in gaining employment.” Wahroonga Aboriginal Corporation and mentor for the program Mr Ronald (Wally) Kelly said, “The program helps young people to build confidence in themselves.” The first program graduate and 2018 School Captain of Hunter River High Kieran Morley said, “Mentors were a huge help with my parents working all the time.” “The program has given me freedom and allowed me the opportunity to start a plumbing apprenticeship.” Kieran told News Of The Area that after he completed the program he was then able to help other disadvantaged students get to and from school and appointments. While some young people are recommended through various organisations in the community others may also apply through their schools or The Raymond Terrace Rotary Club. Anyone interested in becoming a Driver Training Mentor can contact Steve Merritt on 0477 009 908. By Kelly MAY Steve Merritt (President Rotary Club of Raymond Terrace), Brad Heuchan (General Manager Klosters Ford), Kieran Morley (First graduate of the course), Rebecca Fleming (PCYC), Tony Townsend (Chief Inspector Stephens-Hunter Police District).