Pedalling road safety to kids
LEARNING about road rules can begin as early as a child has mastered a bicycle and the earlier the better when it comes to reinforcing good road safety habits.
Thanks to a generous donation by Gympie region Freemasons to Roadcraft, 26 new bicycles and helmets will allow more children to learn how to pedal safely and ultimately establish good road safety knowledge, riding and driving skills.
Roadcraft manager Peter Leupold said the non-profit organisation urgently needed an upgrade of bicycles to continue its bicycle and road safety program.
As a result of more than a year of fundraising by the Freemasons of Gympie, Imbil, Kin Kin, Kilkivan, Theebine, Woolooga and Tin Can Bay, $5000 worth of “new wheels” was purchased, Don Butler, past Master of Braemar Lodge, said.
Representatives from the various lodges were on hand yesterday to see primary school children from Cooloola Christian College using the bicycles for the first time.
As well, Neil Mackenzie and Lenore Cook from the Department of Education and Training’s Bus it Safe program were visiting the facility, preparing for next year’s collaboration offering the Bus it Safe program and the Bicycle and Road Safety program together in the first program of its kind in Australia.
Adan Taylor, past Master of Lord Dufferin Lodge said it was hoped the new bicycles would inspire all at Roadcraft to continue their important work.
“The courses offered here really do save lives on our roads,” Mr Taylor said.
“The Freemasons of Gympie and district have been quietly working to better our community for over 120 years, so today I’m especially proud to be asked by them, to present these bicycles to Roadcraft, and assist them to deliver vital teaching to our youngest road users.”
Mr Taylor said an information session on joining the Freemasons would be held at 2pm Sunday, July 27 at the Masonic Centre, Channon Street. Partners and family are welcome.