LEFT: Lions Club members who set up Driver Reviver, now in Yelgun: (rear, left to right) John Morris, Des Fitzgerald, Don Laferty, Tony Cornell, Don Armstrong, Trevor Watts and (front) Svend Kling and Alex Fenwick. Absent is group photographer Colin Tarbox.
LEFT: Lions Club members who set up Driver Reviver, now in Yelgun: (rear, left to right) John Morris, Des Fitzgerald, Don Laferty, Tony Cornell, Don Armstrong, Trevor Watts and (front) Svend Kling and Alex Fenwick. Absent is group photographer Colin Tarbox.

Happy to do their bit

We know that many people out there in the community do gruelling hours at their places of employment, but less well-known is the fact that there are also those who regularly set their alarms and leave comfy beds and sweetly sleeping spouses in the middle of the night for no monetary reward whatsoever.

The stalwart members of Driver Reviver are amongst those in the altruism club, happy to do their bit to keep drivers refreshed and out of the list of road fatalities.

Driver Reviver moved from its picturesque spot by the river in Brunswick Heads to Yelgun two years ago, and as motorists gradually became aware of the new location and its superior facilities, the word spread and the spot became more and more popular.

Volunteers were chuffed to learn that numbers were up 60 per cent over the Christmas holiday period and also to learn they have set some sort of record.

“We are one of the most reliably opening and continuously open sites in Australia,” said committee member Colin Tarbox.

“We open, and go round the clock, providing opportunities for small-hours travellers to have a rest as well.”

And although Driver Reviver hours mean that a large number of retired people staff the van, there are also kids from Mullumbimby High School who pitch in to lend a hand, as well as working people from all age groups and walks of life.

All up there are now 80 volunteers who keep the facility open 24-hours a day.

“This has been our biggest stint ever,” said Driver Reviver chairperson Trevor Watts.

“It’s been a big effort this year.”

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