Gathering, Education, Live Music,
The event is proudly supported by SADD – South African Against Drunk Driving, as well as the Road Traffic Management Corporation to bring awareness and education to the public about the perils of drinking and driving, texting and driving, pedestrian safety and general road safety.
Spiga restaurant in Florida Road hosts a commemorative event every year on this day called Remember Me. This year, along with the Florida Road UIP, organisers have put together an interactive event featuring live music and street art, as well as a memorial installation for the public to pay tribute to those lives lost on the roads.
Join the memorial wall installation with street artist Giffy Duminy. Write messages, put up photos or lay flowers for the people you would like to remember.
The live music line-up will feature DaddyStrings, Mbijana Sibisi, Chico Muya, Zethe, Otarel, ByLwansta, Oudskul, Kallisto, Palmdrive and Snapbvck.
This family friendly celebration of art, music, craft and life will be on Sunday, 20 November from 10am to 6pm at the Gordon Road Park, corner of Florida and Gordon Roads. Entrance is free.
Caro Smit, director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving said the theme for 2016;Vital Post-Crash Care: “This theme relates to the call in Pillar 5 of the “Global Plan for the Decade of Action” for much needed improvements in the post-crash response. Proposed actions relate to the immediate time after a crash – to save lives and reduce severity of impact:Medical Care: Develop hospital trauma care systems and good practices and quality assurance on trauma care systems, provide early rehabilitation and support to the injured and bereaved to minimize both physical and psychological trauma. “Right patient to the right Hospital, at the right time.”
Investigation: Encourage a thorough investigation into the crash as well as to the all-important issue of crash cause and response to it: SADD ask for this to be done at every crash scene, and not only where 5 or more people die. SADD also ask for both drivers to be tested for alcohol &/or drugs at every crash scene.
Justice: The application of an effective legal response to road deaths and injuries…and therefore fair settlements and justice for the bereaved and injured. This should include post traumatic counselling.“One of our main mandates as a road safety organisation is fighting for the rights of victims and giving them a voice by raising awareness,” she added.
Spiga restaurant in Florida Road hosts a commemorative event every year, owner Marco Santoniccolo said, “This is an initiative close to my heart and this year was 10 years since my brother Luca lost his life in a head on collision on the Athlone bridge. I thank everyone who came on board, it is a team effort, SADD – South African Against Drunk Driving, the Road Traffic Management Corporation the Florida Road UIP.
“My message to everyone out there is to just don’t drink and drive. Remember your family before you think of driving intoxicated, there is no excuse there are so many options available now,” he said.
Meanwhile Lee Dwyer, mother of Berea cyclist Jared Dwyer told Berea Mail, each day is a heartbreaking reminder of life without her son. “Jared was such a beautiful boy, never had anything bad to say about anyone and always was so caring not just to his family but strangers and even beggars,” she said in tears. Dwyer was killed along with fellow Kings Park Cycling Club cyclist Richard da Silva in a tragic crash on the M4 in February this year.
Another heartbroken mother, Suzette Ratcliffe said while everyday without her son William is hard, today was especially hard for the family especially William’s brother James who lost his big brother and best friend and baby sister Heather who knows all about her brother but hasn’t met him. “I tell them we will see him again one day, and today when telling them about the Remember Me event they hoped that day was today,” she said through tears, adding, “I just have to remind them that day isn’t today but one day we will meet him and be together.”
Click here for more photographs from the event.
“SADD – South African Against Drunk Driving”
Involve in Road-safety for 16years and done Incident Management training for SAPS, Traffic , Fire and EMS personnel. Report accidents as they happened and warn of danger on our roads
Gordon Road Park at the corner of Florida Road for Spiga restaurant, Durban
Event Link: https://goo.gl/GislJF
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