Road Trauma Support WA commemorated World Day of Remembrance 2017 at a special ceremony for clients and key Western Australian road safety stakeholders at the Fremantle Sailing Club on Sunday, 19 November.
World Day of Remembrance is marked by thousands of organisations, groups and individuals across the globe who stop to remember the many millions killed and injured on our roads on the third Sunday of November each year.
This year road trauma survivor and UWA law student, Lauren Jackson, shared her personal story on the impact that road trauma had had on her and her family following the death of her brother and only sibling Connor in a road crash in May 2016.
Lauren spoke bravely about hearing the news from her mum while on holiday from her studies and how she and her family now defined their lives in terms of ‘before and after’ Connor’s death.
She spoke also of the two other friends she has lost to road crashes from her home town of Collie in the past 18 months and reflected on how much her life and attitude had changed in the time since his and his friends’ sudden and unexpected deaths.
WA Police and Road Safety Minister, Hon. Michelle Roberts, also spoke at the event and shared her hopes for a world in which the Towards Zero target was closer to being realised and was viewed as an achievable target for all countries including Australia.
She was joined by Acting Road Safety Commissioner, Iain Cameron, who spoke about the passionate group of people who had come together to mark WDR in the UK in 1993 and how it had grown from humble beginnings to an event of global significance with the support of individuals and groups around the world with a road safety focus.
RTSWA clients passed and present paused to remember loved ones who had been lost as a result of road trauma or seriously injured and paused to share treasured memories that will never be forgotten.
Thank you to all of those who attended this very special event and we hope it provided some comfort that support is there for you if and when you need it.
If you are struggling in the wake of road trauma and would like to speak with one of our specialised counsellors please contact RTSWA on (08) 9420 7262 or toll free on 1300 004 814.
To see more about Lauren’s story click here