MORE than 100 bike enthusiasts from the Harley Owners Group joined Perth mother Chelsea Morrissey for Ashleigh’s Ride on Sunday to remember her daughter who died in 2008.
An early snap shot of the first three months of 2016 on WA roads highlights the tragedies unfolding on highways, freeways and regional roads.
The Road Safety Commission released the latest statistics this month which revealed that 52 people have died on WA roads so far this year, with men in their 20s and motorbike riders over-represented in the data.
What the statistics often do not show is the pain, heartbreak and tragedy that lie behind the numbers.
Mrs Morrissey is all too familiar with the devastating effects of road trauma following the death of her daughter Ashleigh in a road crash six years ago.
The Rivervale resident and her husband Tony hit the road dressed in purple – Ashleigh’s favourite colour – to raise money for Road Trauma Support WA and to honour the memory of their daughter.
Mrs Morrissey said at the time of Ashleigh’s death there was no funded support or counselling service set up to help those affected by road trauma.
“When Ashleigh died, I only received a booklet about dealing with grief and that was it,” she said.
“There was no counselling offered or guidance for us and I really wished that a service like Road Trauma Support existed then to help us through our grief.
“It took some time for such a fantastic support service to be set up and we are so thankful it exists for others to seek counselling and guidance.”
Road Trauma Support WA is a not-for-profit service that was set up in November 2013 and funded by the WA Road Trauma Trust Account to help those affected by road trauma.
Delivered by the Injury Control Council of WA , it offers information, support and counselling.
Over the past two years, Ashleigh’s Ride has raised more than $8000 for the service, and the third event started in Cannington and finished at Mindarie Marina on April 10.
Call Road Trauma Support WA on 9420 7762 or 1300 004 814.