18?000 soles for departed souls

2009-10-29 00:00

A STAGGERING 18 000. That is the number of people who die on South African roads every year. This year their deaths will not go forgotten.

Sadd (South Africans Against Drunk Driving) said that in addition to those killed, another 150 000 people are seriously injured in road accidents each year. Drunk driving accounts for half of these deaths and this figure is predicted to rise by 80% by 2020, if the problem is not tackled.

According to the Sadd website, road accidents cost the South African economy R57 billion a year.

“The price in terms of human loss, grief and care is immeasurable. We need to be proactive to stop this violence on our roads.”

Sadd will mount an open-air display to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which is on November 15. The organisation is trying to collect 18 000 pairs of shoes for a display on Friday, November 13. The shoes will be laid out in a forest of crosses on the traffic island between the city-bound and out-bound routes of Chatterton Road near the traffic circle.

Sadd is appealing for donations of good used shoes for the Remembrance Day display. After the exhibition, they will be distributed to people in the France community by the organisation Reach Out With Love.

There is a collection bin for shoes at the Pick n Pay on Victoria Road. Shoes can also be dropped off at the Sadd offices at 59 Francis Staniland Drive in Montrose.

Contact Sadd at 033 347 0103; e-mail: projects@sadd.org.za or log on to their website at www.sadd.org.za

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