Every year for the past 15 years the Apex Club of Tuggeranong has operated the ‘Stop, Revive, Survive’ driver reviver rest stop on the Monaro Highway at Hume over the ski season. The rest stop gives skiers driving to and from the snow fields an opportunity to have a break with a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Each year they serve around 18,000 skiers with 30,000 hot drinks and 11,000 sausage sandwiches. All food and drink is provided to the public free of charge, and funded from donations received. At the end of the season, excess donations are donated to the Snowy Hydro Rescue Helicopter service. The Apex Club of Tuggeranong supplies the caravan and organises the supplies but relies on other organisations to provide volunteers to man the site.
The operation of the site has been credited with having a significant impact on reducing the road toll on this part of the trip. Whilst the majority of travellers pass through the site by 10pm, having left Sydney around 6pm, it is not unusual to have travellers arriving at all hours of the night from places further afield.
This coming long weekend marks the start of this year’s snow season and once again the Stop Revive Survive rest stop will be operation. So if you’re heading down that way spare a thought for the volunteers braving the cold and doing their bit to help keep our roads safe.