Maitland road safety campaigner wins Hunter Steel Magnolia Awards

A MAITLAND woman who has tirelessly campaigned for road safety after the death of her sons was named the winner of the Steel Magnolia Awards last week.

Michelle Davis lost her two boys, Brendon, 19, and Matthew, 16, in a car crash in Morpeth in 2005.

In the face of unimaginable loss, Ms Davis wanted to do something to help others.

In 2007, she was involved in restarting ROADwhyz, a program which delivers a powerful road safety message to school students.

In seminars she tells students how it felt to lose her children in a road accident.

She also set up a support group for grieving parents called HOPE (Helping Other Parents Exist).

The Steel Magnolia Awards recognise and honour Hunter women who have shown strength in the face of adversity.

Another six women - Gwendalyn Burt, Tanyia McBride, Susanne Jenkins, Diane Hyett, Julie Lewis and Lorraine Sandlant - were finalists on the night.

Ms Burt received a Special Recognition Award for showing outstanding courage and her contribution to the community by raising money for the John Hunter Hospital through ‘Live for Kids’.

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