Driver revive message falls on listening ears

VOLUNTEERS poured more than 1600 cups of tea and coffee at a Driver Reviver site at Marong across the Easter break. 

The site was one of 40 set up across the state, which offered motorists a chance to rest during the busy holiday period. 

Marong State Emergency Service Unit's Greg Cheyne said this year's results were the best he had seen in more than two years. 

"I am really pleased," he said.

It is working, the message is getting through. - Greg Cheyne

"It is the most successful Driver Reviver we have had for a while.

"It is good to see.

"I am really happy with the results."

Mr Cheyne said the results showed the message was getting through to motorists. 

"People are stopping to revive and survive," he said. 

"It is working, the message is getting through.

"It is great to seeing people listening. 

"The guys have been really busy, the flow constant and steady."

Mr Cheyne said Bushells had supplied the beverages, Arnott's the biscuits and the milk was from Parmalat in Bendigo. 

He said the State Emergency Service and the Lions Club worked together over the break to staff the site and he appreciated the volunteers' efforts.   

"It was a great effort by the volunteers," he said. 

"They give up their time to help at the site and do a terrific job.

"I am also very pleased with the general public and their behaviour."

Mr Cheyne said the next Driver Reviver site at Marong would be set up during the Queen's Birthday long weekend. 

He said the message to motorists would be the same - stop, revive and survive. 

"We want drivers to stop and have a cup of coffee or tea," he said. 

"It makes such a difference taking the time to stop."

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