Life members 2017

360_lowresAt our 2017 Annual General Meeting, we inducted three new life members into the organisation, Glenda Barker, Michael Perkins and Sue Cox (posthumously).

Glenda Barker
Glenda has in some way been associated with the organisation since the very early days of our existence.

Understanding first-hand the devastating effects of road trauma on families and communities, her desire to support people impacted by road trauma prompted her engagement with the then, Road Trauma Support Team. Glenda’s work with the organisation has spanned all functions of the organisation and has included:

  • Speaking at our Road Trauma Awareness Seminars
  • Working on the organising committee of the Rose Garden weekend
  • Assisting the team at Blackburn by working in administration
  • Volunteering in, and facilitating several bereavement support groups
  • Volunteering time and expertise at the Time for Remembering planning committee
  • Speaking to the media and presenting to community groups

Glenda generosity extended beyond many years of volunteering her time and expertise. Several years ago she donated three pieces of garden furniture which today, remain as central features in our courtyard at Blackburn.

Glenda’s contributions to our organisation have been given generously and selflessly.

Michael Perkins
Michael commenced with us back in 2004 and, after 13 years, remains a vital part of the team. After surviving a serious crash as a teenager, and sustaining devastating and lifelong injuries, he joined the ranks of our education team to support and educate people at risk of road trauma.

He has worked in many areas, predominantly in education programs, however, his vast array of contributions includes:

  • Working in our Road Trauma Awareness Seminar programs as a volunteer speaker and educator
  • Educating and guiding young people in our Drive to Learn and youth orientated programs
  • Contributing to incarcerated drivers’ wellbeing in our prisons program
  • Presenting to schools and community groups
  • Contributing to our strategic direction

Like his peers, Michael’s contributions have been given generously and selflessly and always for the benefits of our organisation and the community. Like so many of our people, he has shown courage and resilience living with the impacts of his crash and turning his challenges into opportunities for growth and learning for himself and others.

Sue Cox
Sue survived a terrible crash as a teenager which left her with critical and lifelong injuries. Sue started volunteering a decade ago in our Road Trauma Awareness Seminar program in Bendigo. Sue worked as a volunteer speaker sharing her story with participants in the hope that it would create awareness and ultimately safety. Her approach was always non-judgemental and her enthusiasm and optimism were infectious. Like so many of our volunteers, Sue frequently offered her time to speak with the media and participate in road safety presentations to community groups and corporates. She was a wonderful support to the team in Bendigo and to our organisation.

Sue was an energetic and extremely positive advocate for road safety and supporter of our work.

In July 2017, Sue lost her battle with cancer leaving her husband Gavin and their sons, Martin, Patrick and Chris to perpetuate her smile, optimism and endless energy.

Gavin, on Sue’s behalf, accepted her admission posthumously as an honorary life member.

Making an impact in our garden

Resized_199_facebook 198As part of the Deloitte Australia Impact Day, Xander, Richard, Trupti and Angela volunteered to fix up our garden. As you can see in the before and after photos they have done a fantastic job, and we are very grateful for their hard work. Our garden is used by both clients and staff, and it is great to have it back in shape for summer.

A big THANK YOU to Xander, Richard, Trupti and Angela for their awesome work.

Time for Remembering 2017

On Sunday 19 November 2017, we held our 17th annual Time for Remembering ceremony at Parliament House, which is the United Nation’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This day is dedicated to remembering the many millions killed and injured in road crashes, their families and friends and the many others whose lives are affected. It is also designed to give thanks to emergency services and all who work tirelessly to reduce road trauma.

This annual event is held to remember those who have died, those who continue to suffer, and the impact of road trauma on our community.

We are very grateful to RTSSV’s Art Therapy Group, members of which worked throughout the year to create ‘Life After the Fall’, an artwork that was exhibited at the ceremony. Life After the Fall is dedicated to our loved ones and to all people who have been killed or injured on our roads.

We warmly thank the Reverend Andy Calder for leading the ceremony, The Hon. Luke Donnellan for delivering a message from the state government, and Dr Christine Durham, for sharing her story

Thank you to all who contributed to this special event, including Samantha Cockfield, TAC; Chief Magistrate Peter Lauristen; Assistant Commissioner Doug Fryer, Victoria Police; Justin Flynn; Mark Cartledge; Lynne Irving; Ted Durham; Jeanette Suhr OAM; Michael Johnson; Christine Rawson; Bishop Peter Danaher, President, Victorian Council of Churches; Mary Bergin, Humanist Society of Victoria; Michael Johnson, Harpist; Murray Davies, Chair, Faith Communities Council of Victoria; Barbara Joyce and the Art Therapy Group and the members of the Organised Water Choir.

We are grateful to the TAC and Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania for their ongoing support of Time for Remembering.

Thank you, A Little Light for donating the floating candles and The Graceful Bloom for the beautiful flowers.

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Art for the Heart

art_for_the_heart_imageArt for the Heart is an art exhibition that honours the use of creativity as a powerful source of healing and expression during the process of grief. It offers a space for people to tell their stories of loss, love and hope in new ways and to bring the community together to share the often hidden experiences of grief and depression.

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria will be exhibiting the Art Therapy Group’s piece ‘The heartfelt flower garden – where love and loss abide‘.

9am – 5pm
8 – 10 August 2017
Held at Parliament House, Queen’s Hall, East Melbourne
Free admission.

Senior Drivers’ Expo – Tarneit

senior_drivers_expo_poster_for_19_august_2017The Tarneit Senior Drivers’ Expo is a good way to improve your driving.

9.45am – 2.30pm
Saturday 19 August 2017
Penrose Promenade Community Centre, 83 Penrose Promenade, Tarneit.

It’s free, confidential and staffed by experts.

Be updated with the important information on road safety, driving and prescribed medicine and road laws. Free assessments of driving techniques and vehicle safety.

Refreshments and light lunch provided to all participants attending.

Get in early to register as places are limited. Bookings are essential, call Lynette on 9742 7534


Karen Robinson’s road safety message

karenrobinson_channel720170515On the eve of Mother’s Day, our volunteer speaker Karen Robinson spoke about the death of her beautiful son Ben in a road collision.

“If Ben would have realised the enormous impact that he had on so many people, he would have made a different choice”, Karen said.

Karen’s story was shared on Channel 7 News and for the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).

Thank you Karen for sharing your road trauma story, in the hope of helping others understand the impacts and ripple effect of road trauma.

Community Road Safety Forum in Broadmeadows

Hume City Council – Smarter Moves
Community Road Safety Forum

smarter_moves_100417Hume City Council, in partnership with the Fit to Drive Foundation on behalf of the TAC is providing a free road safety forum about how to increase safe road use in young people within Hume.

Families and and young adults (aged 16-19 years) are invited to come together for an open discussion around issues of safe travel for young people.

The forum provides an opportunity for the community to engage with young people and to encourage open communication between young people and their parents/significant others, through a better understanding of the influences on behaviour that can lead to risk taking.

DATE: Tuesday 16 May 2017
TIME: 6.00pm – 8.30pm
LOCATION: Broadmeadows Community Hub, 180 – 182 Widford Street, Broadmeadows 3047
COST: FREE – Light supper will be provided from 6.00pm
RSVP: Courtney Harman 0438 712 401 or

National Volunteers Week

rtssv_volunteersweekthankyou2017This week is National Volunteers Week, and an opportunity for us to acknowledge the incredible impact of our volunteers. We appreciate their dedication, time, skills and energy that they give every single day to our organisation and the community

Our volunteers contributions ensure that we do many things:

  • we meet our legal and regulatory obligations of governance
  • we administer our business functions efficiently
  • we conduct our events professionally and sensitively
  • we influence driver behaviour in promoting safety
  • we support many people who have been impacted by trauma in the most difficult of times

Hopefully this week, as one of many in the year, we can show you the appreciation you richly deserve.

We couldn’t do what we do without you, thank you!

#NVW2017 #volunteersweek2017

Tarli Bogtstra – Crash trauma, pain linger

tarli_and_her_gorgeous_kidsOur volunteer speaker Tarli Bogtstra was interviewed by the Herald Sun on Sunday 19 March about her road trauma story. Tarli’s crash was in 2005 and she still suffers the repercussions. “I haven’t been able to hold and bite an apple since the accident; the difficult thing is that it is not my choice that I will never be able to do those things again,” Tarli said.

“People who make bad decisions on our roads, it might be a split second for them but for those it impacts it affects our lives forever.”

You can read Tarli’s story here

Thanks Tarli for sharing your story and getting the road safety message out to the community.