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Andy Calder

I'm looking for connections with others affected by road trauma, understanding about what it's like living with a chronic injury or disability, and ways to support others who have been affected by road trauma.
I'm here because I have personally been involved in a motor vehicle collision and I want to create a memorial.
I've been a member since 17 Dec 2009

My story

In 1986 in Darwin I was working as a garbo for extra cash, and because I loved running. Unfortunately, while picking up bins I alighted awkwardly and fell under the reversing truck's tandem wheels. 'Fortunately' I was run over by only the outside wheel, pinning my leg whilst struggling to keep my torso clear until the driver saw me.

So started a long stint in hospital and rehab, plus the legal stuff, over about three years until I was able to effectively return to full-time work. I was so blessed to have the support of family and friends through this awful experience. And positive things have emerged.

Unexpectedly the experience lead me back to explore my earlier faith grounding, so much so that I became a Uniting Church minister! and now work in Victoria in the field of disability inclusion.

Some years after the injuries settled, I came across the Road Trauma Support Team (as it was known then), and was very impressed with its vision and aims. I have met many great people through the organisation, and in conjunction with Road Trauma Support Services (as it is now known), over the past ten years have been organising an annual Time of Remembrance ceremony in Parliament House. This is held on the third Sunday of November which was declared by the United Nations as World Remembrance Day for Road Crash Victims.

This has lead to some other funded work from the Transport Accident Commission, in which I am managing a project to explore the possible development of a permanent memorial in Victoria.

If you have any ideas for the Memorial, or want to respond to the info above, please contact me on andy.calder@victas.uca.org.au

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Missing Andy Calder, 3-5 Lantana Ct, Nightcliff NT 0810, Australia
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