This year Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) commemorates 20 years of our Time for Remembering ceremony, and, sadly, but understandably, Rev. Dr Andy Calder has decided to step down.
Andy sustained serious injuries in a road incident in 1986 and his recovery in rehab spanned more than three years.
In 1999 at Jeanette Suhr’s OAM invitation, Andy organised a gathering of those bereaved and injured from road trauma.
Following that in 2001, Andy instigated the first Time for Remembering ceremony which combined speeches held at the City Square, with the congregation then walking their way to St Paul’s Cathedral.
In the 20 years since, most of the ceremonies have been held in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House, and Andy has been convenor of the planning committees for what is now a regular and significant event in the organisation’s calendar.
Andy was a Board member from 1997 – 2010, Chairman for two terms and became a Life Member in 2010.
Evolving from Time for Remembering it became apparent there was a need for a state-wide memorial to recognise the impact of road trauma in Victoria. In 2005 Andy was the recipient of an RACV Sir Edmund Herring Study Grant to investigate road trauma memorials in the UK. 13 years ago, along with the Board, Andy attracted government support and funding. He has persisted through many consultations and setbacks to finally see the development of the memorial constructed earlier this year in Geelong called ‘Solace’. This project was supported by the Transport Accident Commission, City of Greater Geelong, and was developed in partnership with RTSSV and the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.
On behalf of RTSSV and our community, we would like to thank you, Andy, for all your contributions. You have been an integral part of the organisation, especially Time for Remembering, and we are very grateful for your input and dedication. Although you will no longer be leading this event, we sincerely hope that you will stay connected.