Volunteer story of the month
Volunteers have a great variety of reasons for freely giving their time and talent to make our communities better. Leo Leggett of Angaston has a very compelling reason for volunteering at Driver Reviver:
Driver Reviver is a community program operating across Australia. Driver reviver Sites are run by volunteers from a wide range of organisations and community groups. The Driver Reviver mission is to “reduce road crashes, specifically, fatigue-related, by providing a safe place for motorists to enjoy a break and free refreshments over major public…holidays.”
Twenty-five years ago, Angaston Lions Club started the local Driver Reviver site, operating from a caravan parked off the Sturt Highway. Now, River Reviver operates from a permanent site at the Moppa Road/Sturt Highway corner. Leo has been the coordinator for the program, which is now a joint project of local service clubs in the Barossa. Leo said, with some surprise in his voice, “I’ve been doing this for twenty-five years.” He says that about sixteen volunteers are needed each long weekend who give three hours of their time to supply free tea or coffee and biscuits and a friendly chat to help break up a long journey. Leo said that they meet about two hundred visitors each long weekend. “That’s the interesting part,” he said, “You meet people from all walks of life.”
Like most volunteers, Leo also volunteers at the Doddridge Blacksmith Shop in Angaston. “Between the two, that fills my retirement in quite well,” he said. Driver Reviver would welcome people who would like to volunteer with them. “You don’t have to belong to a service club,” Leo said.
For further information contact Leo Leggett by phone 0400 260 970.