Blue Datto is proud to be able to provide programs to the community, details are below. Our school programs continue to grow, please book your school in today!
Programs in the Hawkesbury, Penrith and Blue Mountains
Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers is a FREE and INTERACTIVE workshop for Learner Drivers and those who teach them to drive (parents, carers, grandparents, relatives and friends). All are welcome, and light refreshments will be available. This program is an initiative supported by the NSW Government. Lucky door prizes will be available at each event – register now to ensure your spot!
Join us for Blue Datto’s first presentation of Helping Learner Drivers become Safer Drivers workshop on 24 May 2017 at Bede Polding College – register here!
Our Award winning Keeping Safe program is being offered for FREE in the Hawkesbury community on 3 June 2017 at Windsor RSL, for 15-18 year olds. Register here.
Join our Ambassador MG at Penrith Panthers for a Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers course on 7 June 2017 – register here.
The Blue Mountains is also hosting Helping Learner Drivers become Safer Drivers on 21 June 2017. For more information or to register please follow the links.
If you are a teacher interested in finding out more about Keeping Safe and how it runs, please also register or contact us via email to confirm your attendance.
Blue Datto is starting on the Central Coast!
Blue Datto is launching on the Central Coast: with two FREE programs, register today!
Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers is a FREE and INTERACTIVE workshop for Learner and pre-Learner Drivers and those who teach them to drive (parents, carers, grandparents, relatives and friends). All are welcome, and light refreshments will be available. This program is an initiative supported by the NSW Government. Lucky door prizes will be available at each event – register now to confirm your spot! Join us at Mingara for the Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers on 28 June 2017 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm – register here.
Our Award winning Keeping Safe workshop is being offered for FREE at Mingara on the Central Coast on 3 July 2017 at Mingara, for 15-18 year olds. Register here.
If you are a teacher interested in finding out more about Keeping Safe, what it looks like and how to offer it in your school, please also register or contact us via email to confirm your attendance.
Changing the culture of young drivers in NSW
Blue Datto™ Keeping Safe workshops encourage young people to make good decisions when faced with risky driving situations, both as passengers and drivers. Keeping Safe is about changing attitudes and behaviours – not driving skills.
School students participate in workshops, presentations and talks on young driver facts and a real life case study. They commit a pledge to road safety which is sent to them every year for 5 years to reinforce the messages of the program, and they also create their own personal safety plan so they’ll be prepared when dealing with difficult and unsafe driving situations.
Our point of difference is our programs are led by young people (our Peer Mentors): university students who have undergone training with Blue Datto. As Peer Mentors they instigate honest and open discussions with the students about what is actually happening in and around cars, and what will work in the student’s personal plan for Keeping Safe. The change to the students attitudes is inspiring.
Support Blue Datto and make your own pledge to road safety today.
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Blue Datto’s Vision
Each person has the right to enter adulthood carrying positive attitudes and behaviours, supported and encouraged by their families, friends and communities.
- Keep Safe
With your help we can be the beginning of a positive change to the culture of young drivers in NSW.Help us
Philip—"The Kid in the Blue Datto"
Phil was a caring, friendly and fun young man who always tried to make others happy. He usually succeeded. When he went out with his friends, he always ensured that everyone got home safely. He was an ordinary 17 year old: he loved his family and friends, enjoyed going out, was making a great impression at work and excelling at TAFE. He will surely be remembered for his loud voice and even louder laugh.
Anyone who knew Phil was well aware of his passion for cars, especially his little blue Datsun ute. He was affectionately known as “the kid in the blue datto”, hence the name of this foundation.
Blue Datto Foundation Ltd was established in memory of Phil who passed away in a car accident when he was 17.
Keeping Safe Program
Educating youth in Keeping Safe™ before they start driving.
We deliver peer-based driver education aimed at year 10 students based on a whole car approach, highlighting that every person in the car has a role to play: the driver, their driving teacher, and the passengers. The optimum time for students to undertake this program is before they begin driving or when they are applying for their learner driver permit.
The Keeping Safe™ program has been developed by leading experts, is world’s best practice and involves community engagement to ensure best outcomes. Young adult drivers and passengers, who, despite a falling road toll, remain significantly overrepresented in road crashes.
Schools are not only the location for road safety education program but provide a link to families and the wider community.
Blue Datto has pledged to provide funding to allow as many schools in NSW as possible to offer a Blue Datto supported driver safety program, helping to promote our philosophy of ‘Keeping Safe’.
Parent Keeping Safe Program
Parents and driver trainers play a crucial role in the safety of young adults on the road. Recent research shows that more experienced drivers and new drivers see a very different road.
Unfortunately, many parents aren’t up-to-date with teen behaviours, attitudes and experiences let alone current road rules. There are few resources available to this group.
We will launch our parent information evenings and support forums later this year—sign up to the newsletter and follow us on Facebook for updates.
Blue Datto aims to continue to promote “Keeping Safe” programs in NSW. If you have a program or idea that is in line with our vision, please contact us.
Our program is aimed at pre-drivers (Years 10 & 11) and runs for a half day, but we can customise to suit your school day and needs.
Please contact us for information about running a Blue Datto supported driver safety program in your school.Book a school event
Interested in offering a Keeping Safe™ program to 15-25 year olds outside of school?
Please contact us for information about running a Blue Datto supported driver safety program in your community.Book a community event
News & Media
In May 2016, Service NSW Richmond held a smokin’ sausage sizzle to help raise awareness and funds for Blue Datto. It was a great success, attended by Minister Dominic Perrottet, Rugby League legend and Triple M host, Mark Geyer, Blue Datto and lots of the local community.Read full story
Our Inaugural Gala Dinner fundraising night was held on 24 October at the Hawkesbury Race Club. With over 320 guests, live auctions, prizes, perfect weather, and a wonderful community atmosphere, everyone had a terrific night. Thank you to all our supporters for your contributions: together we raised an amazing $74,000!Read full story
Latest news stories
- Blue Datto is launching on the Central Coast
- 24 May 2017 at Windsor - Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers
- Penrith Panthers with MG: Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers - 7 June 2017
- We're Making a Pledge to Road Safety
- Service NSW Richmond Fundraiser BBQ
- Fit2Drive at Bede Polding College 23 November 2015
How you can help
Blue Datto is a charity. We need your support to continue our important work. Your generous support assists us in implementing programs, helping to educate young drivers and save lives. We’re not just saving one life; we’re aiming to save hundreds. Contact us about providing a fundraising event in your school or community, nominate a business for us to contact, or make a personal donation by using our payment facilities below or making a deposit to our account:Account nameBlue Datto Foundation LimitedBSB no112 879Account no458 788 936
Choose an amount to donate to Blue Datto which is meaningful to you.
Friend of Blue Datto—Continual giving
Dedicate your giving to the memory of someone you have lost or who was injured in a road accident (suggested monthly amounts $20/$50/$100/$200 or whatever you can afford to give)
Pledge your support to Road Safety
We’re asking people in the community to make a Pledge to road safety in the same way students doing our Keeping Safe program do.
Make your pledge today and consider pledging your financial support to assist Blue Datto to run the Keeping Safe program.
Pledge your support by using the ‘Donate Now’ button, depositing the money into our account or contacting us: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also support us by buying t-shirts, stickers, event tickets and more from our Blue Datto Shop. If you need more information about any of our items please contact us.Browse the shop
Give your time
Blue Datto is staffed predominantly by volunteers and we welcome assistance from other volunteers. We are looking for people with a passion to keep our young people safe on the roads. Sound like you? Contact us.
Become a mentor
Do you want to help young people be safer on our roads? Would you like to be a peer mentor and facilitate workshops? Are you between 18-24 years of age? Then the Blue Datto Keeping Safe™ program may be just the opportunity for you.Register as a mentor
We are indebted to our Sponsors, Patrons & Ambassadors for the important work they do for our foundation. Without their support we could not have come as far as we have.
We are honoured to have the following sponsors’ support. Please support their businesses so that they can continue to support Blue Datto.
Deloitte Western Sydney
Turner & Freeman Lawyers
Winston Express Haulage
Sponsor Bede Polding College
Blue Datto Gala Dinner Sponsor
Little Blue Darkes Cider
Black Castle Events
Marie's Bella Zucchini Flowers
Ambassador of Blue Datto Foundation ltd.
Mark Geyer is an former professional rugby league legend of the 1980s and ’90s. An Australian international and New South Wales State of Origin representative second-rower, he is currently a rugby league media identity. In the 1990s, he was one of the code’s hardest players that played the game. Geyer’s career was played with Penrith Panthers with whom he won a premiership in 1991.
Mark is passionate about giving back to community and is delighted to be an ambassador for the Blue Datto Foundation, with the great work it does in making our kids safer on the roads. Mark has 5 kids, 3 being teenagers who are soon to get their licence.
Geyer is part of the Triple M on-air team for the Sydney breakfast show called The Grill Team.
Ambassador of Blue Datto Foundation ltd.
Liz Ellis is one of the most respected names in netball, with a remarkable 18 year elite career including 2 Commonwealth Gold Medals, 3 World Championships, 4 National League titles, 4 Most Valuable Player awards and an Australian record of 122 Test matches played.
In 2009 Liz became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours for “services to netball and the encouragement of women in sport, and to the community through support for a range of charitable organizations”.
Liz is also an experienced broadcaster and media personality, hosting and commentating netball and other sports, and appearing on radio and television as a sports expert and personality.
See more at www.lizellis.com.au
AM Executive Chair
Between 1992-2011, Christopher Brown led two of the nation’s most high profile CEO-based industry associations – the Tourism & Transport Forum and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia. He is now Executive Chair of Taylor Street Advisory, providing professional services to blue chip organisations such as Lend Lease, Brisbane Airport, Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Urban Growth NSW, SAP Australia, Elanor Investors Group and the City of Parramatta.
Christopher is a Director of logistics developer, Moorebank Intermodal Company Ltd and the University of Western Sydney and sits on the Advisory Board of ANZ Stadium. He served on the Federal/State Commission that nominated Badgerys Creek as Sydney’s second airport and is founding Chair of the high-powered Western Sydney Leadership Forum.
In addition to his role as founder and Executive Deputy Chair of Infrastructure Partnerships Australia he was industry representative to the National Ministerial PPP Panel, a member of the Commonwealth’s Infrastructure Security Forum, Convenor of the Australian Cities Roundtable and brokered international alliances with UITP, Serco Institute and PPP forums in the UK, USA & NZ.
Christopher started (but never completed) a degree in Economics & Law at Sydney University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Adjunct Professor at the UTS Business School, and a graduate of the NZ Institute of Strategic Leadership & ADC’s Future Leader Program. He was the 2000 Olympics Attaché for Botswana, and an Ambassador for both the Paralympic Games & the Australian Republican Movement.
Born and educated in Parramatta, he still lives with his wife and two sons in the Emerald City. In the June 2014 Queens Birthday Honours List he was made a Member in the Order of Australia to recognise his service to industry and the community.
Owner and manager of Erebus Motorsport
We are so grateful for her support.
Sydney Roosters, NSW State of Origin, NRL Australia
See Boyd’s comments from our launch on YouTube.
Support or Sponsor a Keeping Safe Program
- HOW CAN YOU HELP BLUE DATTO TO RUN THE KEEPING SAFE PROGRAM IN YOUR SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY
- * Run a fundraiser in your school or community raise awareness of road safety and funds to support Blue Datto
- * Nominate a business who we could contact to sponsor a school or community group
- * Sponsor a student, class or group to complete the program
- It costs $20 per student to run the Keeping Safe program, please help us to support your community to make the roads safer for all drivers
KEEPING SAFE PROGRAM
Aimed at year 10 students in schools or 15-25 year olds in community and sporting groups
Blue Datto trained Peer Mentors lead our workshops
our distinct point of difference from other road safety programs
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