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Road campaign saves lives

By Kyabram Free Press

A SERIES of presentations by Carmen’s Road Safety Education will be held in May to help reduce road accidents and save lives.

And with motor vehicle accidents and associated deaths, injuries and trauma occurring at a rate five times higher on Victoria’s regional roads compared to city areas, the sessions could not be more timely.

They are a result of a group of Bendigo Community Bank branches pooling resources to sponsor the events. Guest speaker John Maher was the manager in Bendigo of a large Life Insurance company when he was involved in a horrific car crash. He received life threatening injuries and was classed as unemployable at age 42. Thankfully, John had Income Protection Insurance and this became his and his family’s financial saviour for the next 16 years.

Sadly, a greater tragedy was to come when Carmen, the youngest of John and Ange Maher’s four daughters, was killed in a car crash at just 18. Out of this tragedy was born Carmen’s Road Safety, leading to John becoming one of Australia’s foremost road safety campaigners.

As well as speaking at the Kyabram P-12 College, a presentation will be open to the public on May 23 at the Kyabram Club.

For details and to RSVP, contact the Kyabram & District Community Bank Branch on (03) 5852 3099.