Rotary looks to driving our youth in the right direction

WETHERILL Park Rotary Club's membership director Dr Hugh McDermott, 44, wants to drive the club in a new direction.

And he is making Fairfield youth his top priority.

"We're experimenting with some new ideas and especially working with NSW police on some youth projects," he said.

"Nothing's concrete yet but we have big plans to create a space for youth to hang out."

President Catherine Kilpatrick said Fairfield youths needed guidance to get on the right track.

"Yes, it's a huge issue and they're on the borderline of being in serious trouble," she said.

While celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, the club is getting involved in activities such as the Road Safety Education's RYDA program.

Students aged 17 and 18 take part in six interactive sessions on a broad range of road-safety topics.

The program also encourages them to make the right decisions as a passenger and as a driver.

The next session is on Tuesday, October 16, with students from Bossley Park High School.

The club is seeking volunteers for the RYDA program.

Details: 0403 684 444.

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