Members of the community will come together next month for the annual Time of Remembering ceremony, held to honour and remember those killed, injured and traumatised on our roads. Now in its 14th year, the state-wide service coincides with World Day of Remembrance for Road Trauma Victims.
Last year alone, 243 people died on Victorian roads, and more than 6000 people suffered injuries. The trauma of these events affected families, friends and other loved ones.
Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) runs the event to commemorate those who died, and give thanks for those who survived.
“It started as just an internal thing, for people at the RTSSV,” Rev Andy Calder, one of the founders of the event, said. “We saw it could also benefit others, and it grew from there.
“In 2001 we held the first service at St Paul’s Cathedral, but for the last nine years we’ve been at Parliament House. We think it’s a good place, as the event is open to all people and all faiths, and also underlines the political importance.”
The general public is welcome to take part in the ceremony and stand in support with those who have been directly affected. It also offers the community a chance to give thanks to the organisations that work to decrease these incidences and the trauma they cause.
The service will be accompanied by the musical talents of Michael Johnson on the harp, and the Brunswick Women’s Choir.
RTSSV hopes that the timing of this event will help people keep road safety in mind as we move into the holiday season.
The service will be held on 16 November, at 12:00pm, in Queens Hall, Parliament House. For more information go to the RTSSV website: rtssv.org.au.