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Brian the ANU bus driver gets appreciated

By Barcham - 16 October 2013 0

Here’s a cute story on the ANU site.

I imagine some of you dear Rioters may have been given a lift by Brian at some point in your life.

Well if you ever felt the need to let him know you appreciated it, now’s the time.

It started out as a “temporary job” that was supposed to last him just six months, but for 25 years Brian Kenyon has been the confidante, personal taxi driver and security chauffer for hundreds, if not thousands of students and staff around campus. Now students are giving back to the well-known bus driver.

The Brian Appreciation Party is being held at Union Court on Thursday between 11am and 3pm as a thank you to the 67 year old.

The party will include a free barbecue, some live music, photos and a chance for the University community to sign a special ‘Brian Appreciation Book’.

Brian was only told about the party a few days ago and while he says it’s a “bit scary” he was clearly appreciative of the students’ gesture.

According to Brian, the best part about his job is providing frank advice to anyone who catches his bus.

“I’m not their tutor, I’m not their mentor, I’m certainly not their rival. I can just say what I think. I don’t have to be politically correct, and I’m not.

“So, some might see me as just an old guy, a bit of a red neck who says what he thinks.”

Brian lives in Michelago and travels into ANU every day. And believe it or not, the most rewarding part of his job is probably not what you’d expect.

“The best moments are when a student gets on the bus and says ‘I’ve just had my last exam, I’m finished, I’m goin’ down the pub’ and I think that’s wonderful.”

Send us your photos of your experiences with Brian as your UniSafe bus driver to media@anu.edu.au and we’ll put them on the University’s facebook page. If you’re into Twitter, tag your memories of catching the bus with #BriansBus.

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