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Being present this Christmas

Micaela Henderson was on her way to Harrow BnS Ball with friends when she suffered horrific injuries in a crash.

She was thrown from a speeding car, and was fortunate to survive.

But since the crash in January 2010, Micaela, now 28, has endured a daily struggle to recover.

She knows first-hand just how important it is to ‘be present’.

“Every day is a struggle but it’s worth it because I am present,” she said.

“I don’t want anyone to go through what my family and I have been through. So please, be careful and make sure you’re there to tell your Dad how stupid he looks in his paper Christmas hat at Christmas lunch like I will be lucky enough to.”

The Transport Accident Commission is encouraging all Victorians to make an important promise to be present this Christmas, and focus on road safety.

TAC chief executive officer Janet Dore said the most important gift anyone could give at Christmas was being there to celebrate with their loved ones.

“When you’re on the road, be present in the moment. Make sure you actively think about the task at hand and are mindful of what you need to do to make your journey a safe one well before you get behind the wheel,” she said.

“The power to be present rests in the hands of every road user.

“Whether you’re a car or truck driver, a motorcyclist, a pedestrian, a passenger or a cyclist, we all have a role to play and must work together to share this important message.”


  • Get the full story in the December 23, 2014 edition of The Weekly Advertiser.

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