Sunday 22 February 2009, has been declared a National Day of Mourning in Australia. It is a day for all Australians to pause and reflect on what is Australia’s worst disaster. Yesterday, the death toll was revised and it now stands at 189 and is expected to continue rising as identification teams sift through what remains of buildings and burnt out vehicles. One cannot imagine what the families of those who are still listed as missing are going through, nor can any of us have any concept of the traumatic job that is being undertaken by those identification recovery teams.
Life for any of those affected will never be the same and it is up to all of us as a community, to continue to support them however we can. Numerous fund raises have been organised and donation centres have been established throughout the country, so let’s all make an effort to contribute our time, money or material goods.
This tragedy has reinforced my belief that family and friends are the most important things in my life.