First responder calls for funds to send kids to driver's ed
AS A FIRST responder, Gayndah Fire Station captain Ron Mitchell has witnessed the traumatic aftermath of numerous road crashes.
Many have involved young people, of similar ages to his own children.
He wants young drivers to understand just how quickly things can go wrong on the road and he believes a driver education course will help.
"Each year road crashes cause unnecessary trauma to too many Queensland families,” Mr Mitchell said.
"Too many young people will suffer serious injury or death soon after leaving school or obtaining their drivers license.
"I believe that we can avoid this trauma by educating students at an early stage in their driving experience.”
Mr Mitchell is appealing to North Burnett organisations to help send Year 11 students, from Monto State High School and Burnett State College, to a course run by Roadcraft at Gympie.
The course is being run at $195 per student and including travel, food and accommodation, the total price would be $320 per student.
To send all 50 Year 11 students at Burnett State College is going to cost $15,360.
Mr Mitchell is appealing for donations because he believes every student should receive the education, not just those who can afford it, and he wants to take the burden off parents.
"By the students doing this course it will save a young person's life, so that makes it worthwhile,” he said.
"We are looking at other funding so any amount that people may be able to help with would be greatly appreciated.”
For organisations that may be able to help with funding, Mr Mitchell can be contacted on 0488 759 577 or Russel Kemp at Burnett State College on 4161 3888.
Organisations in the Monto area can contact Donna Zumbansen at Monto State High School on 4166 9555.