The Chronicle

CHILDHOOD TRAGEDY BREEDS RESILIENCE

- HOLLY CORMACK

AFTER he was struck by a car as a fiveyear-old, Owen Bevan’s physical wounds healed but his mind had a tougher time letting go of trauma.

“My brother and I were walking along the footpath barefoot and all of a sudden I got a foot full of prickles,” Mr Bevan said, who is acting site manager at Tarong Power Stations.

“I looked around and saw a concrete driveway, so I went over and started removing prickles … I didn't see it coming,” he said of the car which turned into the driveway leaving him trapped underneath. At age 12, Mr Bevan was involved in a fatal car accident, but it was when his father was crushed by a roller in a horrific workplace accident which changed Mr Bevan’s perspectiv­e.

“Unfortunat­ely, on that day, the father I knew was never going to return home,” he said. Mr Bevan said his father’s recovery was long but he painstakin­gly learnt to walk again.

The Smile gala brought South Burnett business owners together on Friday to raise mental health awareness. IF YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP, PHONE LIFELINE ON 13 11 14.

 ?? ?? South Burnett business owners at the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry Smile Gala. Picture: Holly Cormack
South Burnett business owners at the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry Smile Gala. Picture: Holly Cormack

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