St Peter's Anglican College students were given poignant and timely advice about the potential dangers of overseas travel by Kate Fitzsimons, sister of the late Nicole Fitzsimons, at the school on Friday.
Nicole Fitzsimons was killed in a road accident in Thailand in 2012, and The Nicole Fitzsimons Foundation was set up in her memory, primarily to continue her legacy of helping others to fulfil their life aspirations but also to spread the word about safety overseas, to ensure that as many Australians as possible return to our shores unharmed.
Kate’s visit was arranged by the foundation, the school and Eurobodalla thespians Matthew and Candy Burgess.
Her presentation included footage taken shortly before her sister’s fatal accident on a motorbike in October of 2012, and also highlights of her life.
“It was fantastic opportunity for our senior students to listen to Kate’s story and her message about travel safety,” St Peter’s head of senior school David Toghill said.
“Senior students sometimes think they are bulletproof when they finish school.
“A number of students got emotional when Kate talked about her sister.”
Kate said it was a “truly an honour” to share her sister's legacy with the students.
“Having lived through every family's worst nightmare, I am deeply passionate about saving young Aussie's from my sister's tragic fate and I could tell from the look on the student's faces that the lessons they learned from her story is something they will carry with them for many years to come,” she said.
“A few tears were shed throughout my presentation and many hugs given afterwards, as above anything they were reminded of just how fragile life is and why we must always keep our safety first wherever we are in the world.”