A personal invitation from the founder of Citizens Against Road Slaughter:
With every respect I extend to you, your friends and associates, an invitation to take out the membership of your choice to Citizens Against Road Slaughter:
It goes without saying that each one of us have a stake in road smash prevention, victim justice, and demonstrating our concern for road victims and their bereaved families - thankful perhaps that fate has not yet dealt us the same cruel blow.
No victim has ever realised that "it could happen to me". Yet, one out of every three Australians, during their lifetime, will be affected by a road smash. Great odds if we are buying a lottery ticket, but a terrifying thought when we are gambling our lives and risking the ones we love.
For more than nineteen years, CARS has only received twelve months of government funds, and in June 1992, it seemed inevitable we would have to close our doors, thus depriving thousands of people of our special kind of help. Like it or not, it takes money to provide this. Compassion is not nearly enough. From every quarter we hear, "Keep up the good work. You're doing a great job." But accolades don't pay the bills - we do, out of our own pockets.
I recently heard on the radio, "Do you ever wonder what happens to crab holes when the tide comes in?" I waited for the punch line to the joke. But it was no joke. It was a news item. It seems that a group of marine scientists had been granted $38,000 to find the answers to this ponderous question.
Crabs have been making holes in the mud and sand for hundreds of millions of years, and the holes fill up with water when the tide comes in - what else do we NEED to know about it?
Since the advent of motor vehicles, human beings have been slaughtered on the roads far less humanely than we put cattle to death. Can you imagine the loud public outcry if it was the other way around?
Please take an active role in helping us to demonstrate, in a practical and compassionate way, that crabs and cattle should never take priority over the deep suffering of our fellow human beings, and this includes you, me, and everyone else who travel the roads.
I look forward to your response to my personal invitation.
Phyl den Ronden (Ms)