Morley: Singer and St John Ambulance volunteer Ella Munro to launch new track recounting skateboarding accident

St John Ambulance event operations manager Mel Rorke, Ella Munro and volunteer development officer Niki Gibson.
St John Ambulance event operations manager Mel Rorke, Ella Munro and volunteer development officer Niki Gibson.

EXACTLY seven years on from a serious skateboarding accident, Morley singer-songwriter Ella Munro will debut her latest track about the life-changing incident.

The 23-year-old suffered head injuries and spent a week in a coma after the accident on August 26, 2011.

At the time she was picked up on the side of a Darlington road by an ambulance. In recent years, she has returned favour by volunteering at St John Ambulance’s Morley depot, helping out at events like the Beaufort Street Festival.

It’s fitting that she chose an ambulance as the location for the music video to accompany her new song The Hill and the Accident, which she will launch at Fremantle’s new music venue The Aardvark, underneath The Norfolk Hotel, on Sunday, August 26.

She said the song was inspired by the accident and she wanted to replicate scenes from the dramatic day in the video.

“Everyone listens to music and I can tell my stories and my opinions through music,” she said.

“My mum was a musician and my grandmother was a top nurse so I kind of took what my mum and my grandmother were doing.”

Having experienced being homeless in her younger years, Munro said there was a lot to homelessness which was not spoken about or dealt with properly, so she would express her opinion through her songs.

“I have got a lot of friends who have lived on the street as well,” she said.

“When I got out of hospital, we kind of ended up as a family in that situation.”

St John supervisor Niki Gibson described Munro as a great team player who was popular among other volunteers.

“Ella is very passionate about giving back to the community and is just a very humble, self-effacing young woman and also an aspiring musician,” she said.