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Within this photo above, there is a photo of my son Ben and me – his mum. It was taken three weeks before his death and it was the last time I saw him alive. Ben was killed in a single vehicle car crash on 5th November 2009 at the age of 25. There is also the folder I take with me when I do a Road Trauma Awareness Volunteer Speaking role – talking about my son’s road trauma and the events leading up to his death. Our loving son Ben is greatly missed by us his family and his friends. In memory of our beautiful boy – Ben…love you forever son…mum
Recently, myself along side of three other Road Trauma Support Services (RTSSV) Volunteer Speakers – participated in the making of a short film about RTSSV’s counselling and support services (see below). Caroline and Ryan from Rybazoid interviewed each of us, asking a series of questions in relation to our family’s road trauma stories. Once more, I found myself talking about the loss of my son, Ben, who had been killed in a single vehicle car crash on the 5th November 2009 at the age of 25; and talking about the incredible support services available at RTSSV.
ABOUT ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT SERVICES VICTORIA
Road Trauma Support Services Victoria – Australia “is a not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the incidence and impact of road trauma (RTSSV 2017)”.
Counselling: “Counselling is provided to anyone impacted by road trauma, including bereaved families, friends and colleagues; injured people and their carers; drivers and passengers; witnesses and emergency service workers who are first-on-scene. A referral to access the services is not needed, just call 1300 367 797 to make an appointment with one of the RTSSV’s counsellors (RTSSV 2017)”.
Education: “RTSSV’s education programs reach more than 2,000 people each year and are supported by the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and Victoria Police (RTSSV 2017)”.
RTSSV is “committed to educating the community and raising public awareness about road trauma and how it affects people’s lives. A vital part of this educational work is delivered by our volunteers who share their personal stories about road trauma (RTSSV 2017)”.
SHORT FILM ABOUT RTSSV COUNSELLING & SUPPORT SERVICES
Published on Apr 19, 2017 – A short film about Road Trauma Support Services Victoria Counselling and Support Services – a Rybazoid production. It features a number of Volunteer Speakers sharing their personal road trauma stories inclusive of myself.
To those who contributed to the short film, thank you – you are brave, strong and resilient…
To those who carefully crafted the questions and the production of this short film, thank you – your kindness and sensitivity was greatly appreciated…
To those who asked us to come together and share our deeply personal road trauma stories for this important message and who offered the right amount of caring support, thank you – your time and support didn’t go unnoticed…
To the organization of Road Trauma Support Services and all of its incredible team of people, thank you – my family will not forget what you have been able to do for us in our time of greatest need…
With all my heartfelt gratitude, thank you…Karen Robinson
“In memory of Ben James Robinson”
Ben James Robinson, son of Mark and Karen Robinson, brother of Kelly, loved and missed by many… NB All images are protected by copyright laws
© Karen Robinson – April 2017
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