Lads legacy close to fruition
By ANDY PARKS email@example.com
SOUTHERN Cross LADS is expected to make an offer on a block of land in the Lismore area in the next couple of weeks where it plans to set up its long-awaited driver education centre.
The organisation was set up by family members of the Kadina High School boys who were killed in a car accident near Broken Head in October, 2006. Its goal is to raise the standard of driver education for ‘L’ and ‘P’-plate drivers on the Northern Rivers.
Committee members and supporters came together at the Lismore Workers Club on Monday night to cut a cake to celebrate one year together as an organisation.
“Our meetings are often very emotional and it’s been difficult for the parents, but I think it has helped them too because they know that something good is coming from their tragedy. It will save the lives of others,” LADS chairman Don King said.
LADS stands for Learn About Driving Skills, but was also the name given to the four boys who died and who were collectively referred to as ‘the lads’.
Mr King said ultimately they would like to see LADS become a national organisation, with driver education centres in every state of Australia.
“We have government support everywhere, at all levels, but we need bigger grants to build things up. I think they would like to see if we can start on the Northern Rivers and get established, then they will support us in other areas,” he said.
Mr King said the aim of LADS wasn’t just driver safety, but also giving young drivers the skills to be able to check over their own cars, to know how they run and to make sure they are safe.
The organisation has done a lot of fundraising in its first year, raising $50,000 through various activities.
They are now planning to hold a black- tie ball in the Lismore Workers Club on May 10, where they hope to raise another $50,000.