For six consecutive years, Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city. I’ve never lived anywhere but here and I doubt I ever will. I love everything about it, from the dodgy lanes to the fancy pants ‘Paris’ end of Collins street. There’s something for everyone in this incredible space. No matter where you come from or what you do, you’ll find something you love in Melbs.
I’ve always felt really safe and somewhat sheltered here, but on the afternoon of January 2oth, my city – OUR city – was rocked in the most violent and horrendous way as a lone man used his car to mow down innocent men, women and children in one of the busiest areas in Melbourne’s CBD, the Bourke Street Mall. You know the story. Six people aged from 33 years to just three months old were ripped away from their loved ones as they went about their day in our usually peaceful streets. Many others were injured and seven still remain in hospital, one said to be in a “grave condition.”
It could have been any of us. It could have been our mother, brother, best friend or child who were, for want of a better term, at the wrong place at the wrong time on that day.
Out of this tragedy came a city that was proud. Proud of the strength of community, kindness and love that was given to the injured from complete strangers. Strangers that put their lives at risk without hesitation to assist people in need. They assisted Ambulance Victoria to do their jobs with the support they needed and went above and beyond. Most of the people that helped that day remain unknown but Ambulance Victoria felt compelled to send a thank you to them.
In return we would like to say thank you to Ambulance Victoria for sending a thank you to the community when they do selfless work every single day to keep us all safe and healthy. We hope they know just how appreciated they are and bravo to the amazing men and women that were there on the day and chose to make a difference.
We send our sincerest sympathies and strength to all the families affected by this tragedy. Please know we are thinking of you. xxx