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The Rotary Club of McLaren Vale's Mock Accident

 
I am a new member of the Rotary Club of McLaren Vale and knew the Club has had a “Mock Accident” event in Willunga for the past 19 years and really didn’t know much else. The event is a graphic account of the ‘ripple effect’ of a car accident and all the repercussions to follow, in front of an audience of high school children. These teens are of the age, who are thinking about getting a driver’s license and it is to give them an ‘safe’ insight of what their actions as drivers , could follow with irrational behaviour.  Kevin Lamb and Steve Head, old pros knowing the contacts, set things in motion. I was there on the day as a fresh onlooker, to watch things unfold.
It started early morning, with  SA Police closing off the Main Rd Willunga, outside the Community Hall and redirecting local traffic around the road in front of the Alma Hotel.  . Then delivery of two smashed cars from Aldinga Crash Repairs/towing. Both cars set apart , as in a head on collision, with the cars bouncing back from the impact. The next team to arrive, was the Country Fire Service with two trucks and a well-trained team, setting up near the crash scene. In the background, Alfred James Funerals from Unley arrived, wearing their suits and assembling a trolley to pick up the victim who had died at the scene. Now that’s a moment to take in! Then the actors from Willunga High school, set about preparing for the “show”, putting on fake blood and bruising.
At around 9am the High School students arrived, sitting in front of the Community Hall, which was also waiting for the ‘Trial” of the driver who caused the fatality.
 
 
The lead players, John Illingworth SA Police(also a Rotarian from Blakiston Rotary Club) and SA Ambulance Personnel  Jennifer Albrecht, narrated through each stage of the accident. How the players fitted in and brought huge insight into the importance of the safety of the rescuers and also the importance of the forensic science involved to make a correct prosecution of the driver.
The event started with the victims of the accident, coming to terms with what had “just happened”, to a grieving father running to the scene and hearing the ambulance sirens in the distance. The crying, the ambulance arriving, assessing the situation and going into action. The jaws of life, cutting through metal, instructions being given out and followed, with all the step by step actions being told by the Police and SA Ambulance narrators along the way.
 
The finale came when the Driver was taken into custody and lead into the ‘court house”, where Southern Vale Legal, staff and Judge Sophie David, Principle Lawyer Leo Reynolds, secretary Donna Stuart , Para Legal Kathy Wakey and Prosecutor Kimberley White,  were there to give out Justice to the Driver.
 
The onlookers had a lot to take in over the 2 hours, but what an event. Our Club could never achieve such an amazing event without ALL the Volunteers on the day. I really feel EVERYONE got something out of it and as a Community I am proud that we care enough to make this happen.
Volunteering is very satisfying and its fun to share time with lovely like minded people. It’s not demanding, you can put in hours that you want to put in and choose projects you may like to get involved in. Rotary is the vehicle for you to make a difference in your life and of others..
 
Please contact me Briony 0437500251 or the Meeting Place MV, home of our Club.
Contributed by Briony Casburn

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