Maragaret and Graham Buchner wait for their next customer at the Gladfield Driver Reviver.
Maragaret and Graham Buchner wait for their next customer at the Gladfield Driver Reviver. Ben Wilmott

Gladfield open to tired drivers this Christmas

VOLUNTEERS at the Gladfield Driver Reviver have opened their doors to weary drivers in need of a rest.

Over the Christmas holiday period the stop will be open 24-7 and manned by a team of hardworking volunteers.

Organiser Peter Hardwick said over the 16 days of operation from December 18 to January 3 more than 100 shifts would be filled by his team of volunteers.

Mr Hardwick said even on Christmas Day there would be plenty of drivers on the road in need of a break.

"There have been too many deaths and accidents on our roads in recent times," he said.

"There are a lot of people that normally aren't on the roads travelling big distances.

"Even if we only get one person that calls in and that's the life we save, it's well worth us being there."

For more than a decade Graham and Margaret Buchner have been volunteers at the reststop, working their usual Saturday night shifts welcoming tired drivers in for a warm drink and a chat.

"Every time it opens again we know we'll be on the roster," Mr Buchner said.

"We've only been replaced once when we had a wedding to go to."

The couple said they found the experience a rewarding one.

"We've met people from all over the world," Mr Buchner said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can phone Peter Hardwick on 0419 173 709.



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