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2007 - 2022


That's a wrap for 2022. The ROADwhyz team had a bit to deal with this year including the dreaded COVID 19 lockdowns and cancellations. We managed to present to 15 high schools throughout Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. We also held two free community events, one in Newcastle where 60 people attended and one in Maitland where 50 people attended, both held as part of Rural road safety month. We also managed a couple of trade colleges in Maitland. All up The ROADwhyz team presented to approximately 3000 current and potential young drivers as well as a few full licenced drivers. On a personal note I was proud to receive the OAM for my work with road safety and community but it would not be possible without the passionate support of all the first responder's who volunteer their time to present a powerful message about 'Choice & Consequence'. This is what makes ROADwhyz what it is. We look forward to returning to our school in 2023.

Pictures above from our last school: Hunter River High School Heatherbrae NSW. 

October 2022 saw ROADwhyz co-founder Michelle Davis presented with the Order of Australia medal for service to road safety, and to the community. " I feel very honoured to have a wonderful team of first responders who are equally passionate about ensuring we educate young drivers about the consequences of poor choices within a motor vehicle". Michelle is also co-founder of the H.O.P.E Support group which supports parents who have lost children.

Michelle in the presentation room at Government House



2016 Wrap Up

Posted by ROADwhyz on January 19, 2017 at 4:05 AM
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.

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