Road safety crusader named Maitland Woman of the Year
Michelle Davis has turned tragedy into a powerful road safety message to the benefit of students across Maitland.
The ROADwhyz founder’s work was recognised yesterday when Maitland MP Robyn Parker announced her as Maitland Woman of the Year.
“For anyone that has heard Michelle speak to a room, you could hear a pin drop,” Ms Parker said.
“She’s an inspirational woman to so many.”
Ms Davis is only the second recipient of the now annual award and will be considered for the NSW Woman of the Year.
ROADwhyz Hunter Valley has campaigned to raise road safety awareness since Ms Davis’ two boys died in a crash minutes from their Morpeth home in 2005, and her experience is entwined with that message.
“I get upset and the kids get upset and that’s the reality of it,” she said.
“I think the message works because it’s so honest.”
Emergency services personnel speak to the students, which helps place them at the scene of some horrific crashes.
Students have given the program glowing testimonials, rating it superior to others.
Ms Davis also co-founded Helping Other Parents Exist.
HOPE offers support and mutual encouragement to people who are trying to cope with the loss of a child.
Last year’s Maitland Woman of the Year was Samantha Meyn founded Harry’s House at Stockton as a place for parents of sick children to stay while attending treatment as well as a source of respite for siblings.
INSPIRATION: Michelle Davis, who is the city’s second woman of the year award recipient.
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