JBOYS energised by powerful sponsorship

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.
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. Contributed

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 late last month 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.

SUPPORT: CS Energy chair Jim Soorley chats with Biloela State High School captains.
SUPPORT: CS Energy chair Jim Soorley chats with Biloela State High School captains. Andrew Thorpe

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