Honouring accident victims

2013-11-11 00:00

DURBAN will be marking the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims this coming Sunday with a live music, craft and food fair held on the Imbizo Lawns at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“Though it’s a day about remembering those who died in traffic accidents, it’s also about celebrating life responsibly,” says local organiser Karla Thring of the Spiga restaurant group, one of the sponsors of the event.

The Santoniccolo family, who own the restaurant group, have an emotional link to the event as family member Luca Santoniccolo (24), co-owner of the Spiga d’Oro restaurant in Florida Road, was killed in a car accident in 2006. “Spiga have been involved for the past five years,” says Thring. “The event started out small, but it has grown.”

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which is held on the third Sunday of November each year, was first observed in Europe in 1995. It has since become a global event and is recognised by the United Nations.

The day is dedicated to remembering the millions of people killed or injured in road crashes, as well as families and communities. The day also pays tribute to the emergency services, the police and the medical professionals who deal with road accidents and their aftermath on a daily basis.

“Though it’s a day about people who have passed away in traffic accidents, we don’t want it to be a sad day,” says Thring. “It’s a day of celebration to remember them and also to honour the emergency services.”

“We’ve put together a day to create awareness,” says Thring. “There will be education on drinking and driving, but it’s been organised in a fun, exciting way … to provide a family day out.”

The live music line-up features The Incidentals, John Ellis, Veranda Panda, Broyn and Iris and the Tokoloshe. The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm. Admission is free.

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