Road safety charity seeks bereaved families to help spread life-saving messages

Brake, the road safety charity is looking for people affected by a road crash to get in contact and help to pass on vital road safety messages to communities.

The charity is particularly looking for people who have been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash and who would be willing to share their story and help others to learn from their experiences.

Brake communicates vital messages as part of ongoing road safety campaigns, and during Road Safety Week (4-10 May 2015). Those who get involved would be asked to provide a case study of their experience. There are then opportunities to get involved in different activities depending on how you wish to be involved. This could involve: providing quotes and/or giving interviews to media; sharing your story in your local community; helping Brake at an event, roadshow or stand; and/or various other activities.

Potential families or individuals can discuss their experience with Brake before signing up, and those taking part will be provided with training and support.

Brake's NZ director Caroline Perry says: If you've been affected by a road crash, you know first-hand what a traumatic experience it is. Sharing your experiences makes others stop and think about the devastating effects of a road crash, and helps spread vital messages about staying safe on roads. Whatever the cause of the crash, we would like to hear from you, so if you think you could share your story I encourage you to contact us.

The theme of Road Safety Week is Look out for kids, focusing on keeping our kids and our communities safe, so Brake is particularly looking for families who have been affected by a crash involving a child or young person, and/or a crash that happened in a community/residential area.

Many people bereaved in road crashes fundraise for the charity in memory of their loved one. Anyone who wishes to do this can go to www.brake.org.nz/fundraise for ideas.

If you are part of an organisation or group that would like to get involved in Road Safety Week activities, more information is available at www.roadsafetyweek.org.nz.

People interested in providing a case study, or organising a fundraiser can contact Caroline on 021 407 953 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Brake also provides support resources for people bereaved in crashes. A book for children, called Someone has died in a road crash, and one for adults on coping with grief, are available for free from Brake. These can be ordered by calling 021 407 953 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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