A unique approach to community education and healing road trauma
When my injury compensation case with Karl’s vehicle insurer finally settles (confirming that I cannot sue the Tweed Shire Council for negligence in road planning, maintenance and management), relationships between us thaw somewhat, leading to some awkward but improved communication.
Bless this Fire: A SUGGESTION
Back in September 2018, working with John Bevelander, Lori, Kev, and I begin planning our final activist activity: a day-long Bless this Road event to be held at the Uki Hall. We have many volunteer helpers.
That powerful day is the culmination of over two years of concerted activist work. While Karl’s death and the frustrations of our earlier activism nearly broke our hearts, the power of community healing in Bless this Road breaks open our hearts and (to a large extent) heals our pain.
On 30 September 2018, John and I co-host Bless this Road, a full day of activities and rituals to blend our grieving communities with the local Uki community, to build and strengthen community knowledge and capacity about road safety, to share our sorrows, to thank all those who helped us in the crashes, their aftermath and in our mourning, and to affirm that life continues.
And, of course, to bless the Kyogle Road, that was (and possibly still is) the Tweed Shire Council’s shame and a source of the local community’s grief, having claimed six lives in just over six years.
We are supported by a large group of friends, including Kev and Lori.
Bless this Road is the most moving and powerful event I have ever experienced.
In every way, I feel deeply grateful for the opportunity to be part of that incomparable blessing.