REVIVER GATHERING: Volunteers of New Italy's Driver Reviver program have served over 400,000 cups of tea and coffee since it's inception in 1995. Photo contributed.
REVIVER GATHERING: Volunteers of New Italy's Driver Reviver program have served over 400,000 cups of tea and coffee since it's inception in 1995. Photo contributed. Contributed

Now that's a lot of coffee

DEDICATED Driver Reviver volunteers got together recently for a photo opportunity and a chance to celebrate their hard work.

It was the annual gathering of the New Italy Driver Reviver volunteers in February, and apart from the brief time when the Pacific Highway was closed due to flooding, they celebrated the fact that the site was open for about six weeks serving drinks to the travelling public.

New Italy Driver Reviver started operations in 1995 after a series of fatal accidents in the area prompted local people to organise the operation.

Since then nearly 400,000 cups of tea and coffee have been served.

Co-ordinator Brian Bennett said the get- together was a way of saying thank you to the many volunteers who tirelessly manned the site when it was open.

"Without their support we would not be able to operate," he said.

Volunteers come from all over the district including Broadwater, Casino, Coraki, Evans Head, Wardell and Woodburn.

Mr Bennett said thanks must also go to the group's sponsors, Bushells Tea, Arnotts biscuits and local milk supplier, Norco.



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