Overdose victims mourned
Captains Troy Pittaway and Craig Farrell, and Dean Lee, pictured at Berwick Corps (Vic.)
19 October 2017
Across Australia and the world, Salvation Army workers and officers joined colleagues in hosting observances of the 17th annual international Overdose Awareness Day. The occasion allows bereaved family and friends to gather and mourn their loss, and commemorate the lives of those people who have died through overdosing on legal and illegal substances.
At one such event, at Berwick Corps, a young woman named Jillian Fickbohm paid a loving tribute to her former partner and high school sweetheart, Kevin, who had died of an overdose on 25 March, 2016.
‘He was a brother, an uncle, a son, a teammate, friend, athlete, lover,’ Ms Fickbohm shared. ‘I loved him with all that I have and all that I am…We are not bad people, we are broken and hurting…
‘Today I am sober and I can speak in front of you. There is hope,’ she said. ‘We will be fighting addiction for the rest of our lives. I pray and meditate every day. We don’t have to remain addicts; we can recover, day by day.’
OAD was founded by Salvation Army worker Sally Finn in St Kilda, in 2001.
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