JBOYS LANDS SPON­SOR

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CAL­LIDE Power Sta­tion owner CS En­ergy has joined forces with JBOYS to help a group of lo­cal stu­dents im­prove their de­fen­sive driv­ing skills.

CS En­ergy chair­man Jim Soor­ley vis­ited Biloela last Thurs­day to an­nounce the com­pany would help send 24 stu­dents from Biloela State High School to a Road­craft Driver Ed­u­ca­tion course in Gympie this year with a $7400 spon­sor­ship.

“At CS En­ergy our first pri­or­ity is to be safe so it made per­fect sense for us to sup­port the great work JBOYS are do­ing,” Mr Soor­ley said.

“The pos­i­tive im­pacts of this driver safety train­ing will flow be­yond the stu­dents to the en­tire Biloela com­mu­nity.”

JBOYS, or Jimmy Bryant’s Out­back Youth Sup­port, is a lo­cal not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which helps ed­u­cate young peo­ple on safe driv­ing and pro­vides sup­port and wel­fare ser­vices to youth in ru­ral Aus­tralian com­mu­ni­ties.

Bar­bara Bryant-Dun­shea co-founded the or­gan­i­sa­tion af­ter her son Jimmy died in a car crash at Than­g­ool last year.

“One tragic road ac­ci­dent is one too many,” Mrs Bryant-Dun­shea said.

“Driver in­ex­pe­ri­ence played a part in Jimmy’s ac­ci­dent so this train­ing will cre­ate a price­less legacy by help­ing young peo­ple with learn­ing how to drive safely."

Biloela State High School prin­ci­pal John Adie said the com­mu­nity was band­ing to­gether be­hind the JBOYS cause since the or­gan­i­sa­tion was founded.

“We had a zany hat day ear­lier this year to raise some money for JBOYS and we raised over $850 when we would nor­mally raise about $350,” Mr Adie said.

“We had kids hand­ing over $20 say­ing keep the change.

“It’s re­ally struck a chord in our com­mu­nity.”

Mrs Bryant-Dun­shea said JBOYS’ next goal was to build a driver train­ing fa­cil­ity in Biloela.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON THE ROAD: (From left) CS En­ergy chair Jim Soor­ley, Cal­lide Power Sta­tion GM Roy Powell and JBOYS founder Bar­bara Bryant-Dun­shea with Biloela State High School cap­tain Gabrielle Byrne.

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