ABOUT US - WHY AND HOW NESA WAS STARTED
This is my miracle story to you.
On October 10, 2015, I dropped my friend off after celebrating her birthday and on my way back home, I was hit by drunk driver in my car.
As his vehicle was coming towards me, my hands came off the wheel and I laid down across the seats of my car, just as his SUV drove straight at my drivers' side door.I believe that was a miracle and that saved my life that night. If that would have not happened, I don't believe I would have survived the crash that night. I was taken to hospital, had 2 surgeries to repair the severely broken bones to my right arm, 8 weeks of not being able to work , 5 months to finally return back to work on a full time basis and 1 year of weekly physiotherapy appointments.I avoided driving for months, terrified to relive that split-second moment when sheer force shattered my bones.I spent a year recovering and had to re-teach my right arm and my dominant right hand how to do things as simple as making a fist, holding my tooth brush or gripping a pen…
That night, I became a drunk driving statistic in New Zealand.
Every week in New Zealand, 1 person is killed or injured by a drunk or drugged driver.
But thankfully, I was never alone. I had friends, church network, my own family – all rallied around, supporting me as I walked the hard, slow and really painful road to recovery.But on my road to recovery, No One Ever Stands Alone was born. I started NESA to raise awareness of the effects of a vehicle crash due to drunk and drugged driving and provide support to victims and families.
I believe we can save lives by putting an end to drunk and drugged driving for the generations in New Zealand. Come and learn more about us and together we can make a difference in Aotearoa!
Leah Abrams - CEO and founding trustee
*Photo courtesy of FAIRFAX NZ