Excerpt from The Southern Courier article:

The moving sight of 88 doves soaring above the cliff tops of Coogee beach on Friday symbolised the Australians who died ten years ago in the Bali bombing tragedy.

Loved ones of those who died in the attack told inspiring stories at the memorial service of how although they will never forget they had managed to move on with their lives.

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Ryan James, who lost his best friend Tom Singer in the blast, spoke of how he had turned his life around in the past couple of years after a long period of self destruction.

“It’s been really hard to progress and achieve things and feel like I’ve given Tom’s life justice,” he said. “I’m trying to be thankful and live the best life that I can but at the same time punishing myself for having one.”

“But I’ve dealt with it straight and head on and I’m not going to lie – it’s rocked me,” he said. “I have felt every emotion and complete rawness of the battle – I can finally say that I feel like I’m making Tom proud.”

Jane Mavroudis’ brother was one of six from the Coogee Dolphins rugby league club that died in the terrorist attack and said she was now in a place she never thought she would be.

“Married to an amazing man with two beautiful children is something I could never had imagined in those dark days,” she said.

She also spoke of the profound sense of community spirit since the tragedy that took the lives of 20 eastern suburbs residents at the Sari nightclub in 2002…

Read the full article at The Southern Courier.

 

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