RACQ car helps Ayr teen get licence

An RACQ vehicle donated to Ayr State High School has been the key to success for Indigenous student Denaya Carney, who used the car to complete her 100 hours of driving experience and pass her driver licence test.
Ayr teen with RACQ store manager
RACQ Head of Community and Education David Contarini said the Club proudly sponsored the Former Origin Greats ARTIE Academy Drivers Licence Program and in 2020 donated a Holden Cruz to the school for local students to use.

“Denaya is a true example of the success and importance of this program,” Mr Contarini said.

“Since getting her learner licence in 2019, she found it difficult to complete her 100 hours of required driving because she didn’t have regular access to a car or an appropriate supervising driver.

“Fortunately, this year Denaya has been working with Aunty Ollie from Ayr State High School, who has been supervising her in the car we provided and in June, Denaya was the first student in Ayr to pass her provisional driving test using the car.”

Ms Carney said she was extremely proud of herself and thanked the program for its support.

“I feel so happy, the program has helped me with my confidence and getting my hours,” she said.

“Now I have my licence I’ll be more independent, and I can drive to job interviews.”

Ms Carney was also presented with a Puma fuel voucher by Catherine Schatkowski from the Townsville RACQ store to help her as she hit the road.

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