Roger Griffiths had a passion for cars. He maintained his antique cars beautifully and participated in an annual drive along the coast of Australia. As his battle with Parkinson's disease weakened him, he asked a friend to drive one of his cars so that he could still participate.
Roger worked through Rotary and many other social development groups in his local community of Frankston. As an Honorary Director with Action Aid Australia, Roger was also connected with SEDS, visiting the SEDS campus twice, in 2003 and in 2005. Action Aid still sponsors several children at the SEDS school. His skills at driving local development activities ranged from organizing plays for fund raising, to visiting underprivileged children. With the money collected in his memory, SEDS launched the Roger Griffiths Driving School in 2009. The driving school aims to teach unemployed village boys how to drive a vehicle, expanding their employment opportunities in the transport sector.
A 10th grade certificate is the minimum requirement to join the school. The students attend daily practical and theory classes, learn basic vehicle maintenance and simple repairs. They learn traffic rules in addition to learning about parts of a motor vehicle. After 45 days, they are eligible to take a driving test at Hindupur, an hour's journey away from Penukonda.
Mr. Griffiths passed away in 2008. His name and legacy live on here at SEDS.
[The article originally written by Amit Manikoth, for SEDS's 30 years celebration. This is simply a reproduction.]