Road Trauma Support Services: Time for Remembering service
I had the honour of attending the 11th annual Time For Remembering service in Queen’s Hall on Sunday, 20 November. This multifaith service, organised by Road Trauma Support Services and led by the Reverend Andy Calder, was a special opportunity for families and friends to remember loved ones lost and an opportunity to give thanks to the people at the front line of responding to road trauma and striving to reduce the road toll, such as our emergency services and health-care professionals.
It was a powerful and emotional service, and that was particularly so when we heard the personal perspectives of Coral Robertson, who talked about losing her son Nathan, and Carmel O’Brien, who suffered permanent injuries as a result of being a pedestrian victim of road trauma. Both spoke movingly and beautifully.
Families placed photos of their loved ones at the front of the room, and at the end of the service members of the audience lit candles in remembrance. As the candles were being lit Jeanette Suhr read out the names of many people who have died on our roads. She concluded with the name of her daughter, Tanya Suhr. Tanya was a friend and classmate of mine at Mount Lilydale Mercy College. She lost her life in December 1990, during the fun and optimistic days of summer following the completion of our year 12 when we all had the world at our feet. I fondly remembered Tanya during this service.
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Road Trauma Support Services involved in the organisation of this event. More broadly, I congratulate and thank them for the vital work they do in providing counselling, education and support services for our community. The work they do is absolutely essential, particularly given the recent tragedies on our roads involving young people.