Indigenous teens driving into their future

RACQ and Former Origin Greats (FOGs) have teamed up to assist Indigenous students gain valuable driving experience by donating a car to help them get a step closer to gaining their driver licence.

RACQ today handed the keys of a Holden Cruze to Marsden State High School students participating in the FOGs’ ARTIE Academy Drivers Licence Program to build up their 100 hours of driving experience.

The Club’s Head of Community and Education David Contarini said RACQ proudly supported the program to help students pass their practical driving test and ensure they became safe and responsible motorists.

“Gaining a driver licence is a right of passage and for many can be the gift of freedom and independence,” Mr Contarini said. 

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to a safe, reliable car which is why we wanted to get on board with this program. 

“Not only are we providing a vehicle to learn in, we’re also covering the insurance, registration and servicing costs.”

Mr Contarini said the Club had also donated another vehicle to Beenleigh State High School (SHS) earlier this year.

“Students at Beenleigh SHS are already putting their skills to the test in the vehicle we donated, and a number of staff have undergone PrepL Supervisor training to ensure they’re providing the best instruction,” he said.

FOGs Executive Chairman Gene Miles said having RACQ provide vehicles to Marsden and Beenleigh State High Schools added additional value to the existing Driver Licence Program.

“Completing 100 hours can sometimes be challenging for students, so having support from RACQ, the school and ARTIE Academy will get students off to the best and safest start when driving and will be a key component to enhancing the success of students in life after school.”