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“This day is exactly what we need, we all want to be there and we have all said what an incredible organisation. To be in the presence of people who have experienced the same shock, grief and trauma that we have will be somewhat healing and comforting for the terrible loss. We are also grateful for the opportunity to meet and thank those who were the first responders to the crash scene and other emergency services.
On behalf of my family, I want to extend my highest appreciation to you personally for the thoughtfulness to set up this Trust and for all the hard work that goes into putting a day like this together.”
“The need to prevent crashes and also reduce the seriousness of crashes when they occur is the main goal of the “Safe System” approach. We need to look at all the factors which contribute to serious crashes which have such a huge and long-term impact upon individuals, families and communities. The Road Accident Remembrance Day is one way to remind people of the on-going repercussions of vehicle crashes and the need to reduce our risks in as many ways as we can.”
Jim Harland, Director Regional Relationships, New Zealand Transport Agency
“Christchurch has the busiest trauma centre in the country, receiving patients from all over the South Island and spinal trauma patients from the lower North Island. This is a complex, multi-disciplinary service, and many of the professionals working with road trauma are donating their non-clinical time to help people who may be experiencing the most challenging event of their life. We also need to consider everyone else involved with these events – members of the public who stop to help, emergency services, and non-clinical staff. The people who helped those affected by road trauma deserve recognition”.
David Meates, Chief Executive Officer, Canterbury District Health Board