There’s only so much shopping a bloke can take, which is why The Community Transport Company volunteer driver, Bruce Weir decided enough was enough.
The time had come for all the wives to stay at home, it was time to launch – ‘Bruce’s Dingbat Idea No. 743’ – a men’s road trip!
“It was an idea I had after taking many blokes to shopping and medical appointments with their wives and I realised that men don’t have the opportunity to get together and just do ‘blokey’ things.” Mr. Weir said.
So the boys set off for Bongil Bongil National Park for a BBQ on board The Community Transport Company bus.
“It was a bit like herding cockroaches at the start, with the second passenger having forgotten it was on but still wanting to come. From not being ready to alighting on the bus took less than two minutes,” he said.
“The next passenger wasn’t even home. I rang to make sure he was okay and could hear the disappointment in his voice that he was missing out. He reckoned he could get home in 15 minutes so I organised to pick up some others and came back for him,” he said.
“A few had been to Bongil Bongil previously but the majority hadn’t. I nominated to cook the BBQ and appointed the others as advisers and critics. I was a bit disappointed in the lack of criticism of the cook’s efforts but maybe that is just a reflection on the mateship we had developed in such a short time, everyone enjoyed the feed,” he said.
“A few of the blokes went for a bit of a stroll down to the pontoon and had a look along Bonville Creek, while others stayed back and had a yarn. On the way home, we drove down and had a look at the boat ramp on Bonville Creek and up onto Sawtell Headland,”
“I set the bar fairly low, in measuring the success of the day, and declared that if there were no black eyes or blood spilt it was to be declared a winner. I think we achieved that and more!”
Bruce will be organising more blokes social outings in the New Year, for those wanting to get out for some quality ‘blokey’ time please contact our office on 130 812 504.
For interview or media inquiries:
Kylie Cork – Communication Manager
(02) 6568 3250 0456 547 292
Bruce’s Dingbat Idea No. 743 – Since January 1981 of those ideas, four have had a modicum of success. Past failure is probably an indication of future success with Bruce’s idea. The Community Transport Company looks forward to the next one!