Ten participants from across Northern Ireland competed for their chance to take home the prize of a new car plus £1000 towards their insurance. To win, they had to keep their hand on the car with the last person still ‘touching the car’ taking home the prize of a new Dacia Sandero Access SCe 65* (worth £7,995) sponsored by CRASH Services and JMK Solicitors and £1000 towards insurance part sponsored by AB&C Insurance.
A surprising addition to the day was not one but TWO prizes were on hand to compete for thanks to the generosity of Jonathan McKeown. The last two contestants, Danielle Walsh from St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena and Tristin Barrett from Lagan College, Belfast were the two lucky ‘Touch The Car’ winners, both winning a brand new Dacia Sandero Access SCe 65* (which now comes with electronic stability control with traction control and hill start assist as standard) and £1000 towards their insurance!
The unlucky contestants each received a cash prize so no one was left empty handed.
Stephen Savage, Project Manager at New Driver Safety Ambassadors commented, “It was a fantastic day with 10 worthy participants trying to win themselves the prize. We didn’t make it easy on the participants though, we threw in some curveballs along the way by introducing some fun and challenging games throughout the day! The day challenged the participants both mentally and physically and saw most of the participants being knocked out through the day until there were only two remaining. I was extremely impressed by all the finalist determination and stamina they showed throughout the day.”
Winner Danielle Walsh commented, “I feel absolutely amazing but tired and sore all over! I can’t wait to celebrate with my family and go on a shopping spree in my new car”
Tristin Barrett the second winner commended moments after he won the competition “I’m really excited! This has pushed me forward now to pass my test and I look forward to getting on the road!”
Jonathan McKeown, CEO at CRASH Services commented “We were delighted to support New Driver Safety Ambassadors and the innovative ‘Touch The Car” competition. After a long and difficult year for young drivers it was great to see some positivity and something new in the form of the competition! It was a great day for the participants and especially the two winners who are now proud owners of a brand-new car and £1000 towards their car insurance!”
Maurece Hutchinson, Managing Director at JMK Solicitors commented “The ‘Touch The Car’ competition proved very popular amongst the secondary school pupils and indeed the ten participants on the day. A huge congratulations to Danielle and Tristin who were the lucky winners after being the last two remaining to be touching the car on Saturday! At JMK Solicitors, we are delighted to support the education of road safety and safe motoring to young people and we wish all the participants many years of safe motoring.”
New Driver is a community interest company that aims to educate all new drivers and passengers on making good motoring decisions. The company’s representative visits over 100 sixth form year students in schools each year to deliver a safe-motoring presentation and offer advice to anyone about to start driving.
The programme is completely free for schools as funding is provided by DFI Road Safety Grant Scheme, Mid and East Antrim PCSP, and by corporate sponsors including; CRASH Services, JMK Solicitors, Hankook Tyres, AB&C Insurance and DriveTech UK and assistance from four Policing and Community Safety partnerships.
For more information and access to the New Driver NI magazine see www.newdriverni.com.
Pictured (L) Jonathan McKeown, CEO CRASH Services, Tristin Barrett from Lagan College Belfast, Danielle Walsh from St. Louis Grammar School, Ballymena and Maurece Hutchinson, Managing Director at JMK Solicitors.