The Sydney International Regatta Centre hosts hundreds of students each year for the RYDA program – and on 10 May, they helped celebrate the attendance of the 500,000th student since the RYDA program was established in Sydney over 15 years ago.
At RYDA, students attend six interactive sessions over the course of a school day. In small peer groups, they are challenged to change the way they think about road safety; participating in a stopping distance demonstration, devising personalised strategies, gaining an understanding of their individual risk profile and getting tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family.
The greatest impact at RYDA often comes from the personal stories of loss and survival where students come to realise how one poor choice can change a life forever.
On Wednesday 10 May, the attendance of the 500,000th student was celebrated by VIPs including Ambassador, Peter Frazer, high ranking police and Government officials.
The celebrations included recognition of 500,000th student with an award for their school and a gift for the student. All students then formed a giant human yellow ribbon, and students and guests were asked to sign pledge cards committing to slowing down.
The flagship RYDA Program is delivered each year to over 50,000 senior high school students from more than 650 participating schools.