Geelong Cats' player Daniel Motlop shares his experience losing someone to drink driving

Drink Driving Devastation

Friday, August 12, 2011

In a compelling community service announcement six Indigenous footballers talk about how the trauma of losing someone they love to a drink-driving related accident has affected their lives.

The footballers who are featured in the video are:

  • Alwyn Davey (Essendon)
  • Andy McLeod  (ex-Adelaide Crows and now playing with NT Thunder)
  • Austin Wonaeamirri  (Melbourne)
  • Charlie Maher (NT Thunder)
  • Daniel Motlop (Port Adelaide)
  • Steven Motlop (Geelong Cats)

Produced by Recording Artists, Actors & Athletes Against Drink Driving (RADD), the idea for the video was born during the days leading into the 2009 Indigenous All-Stars Game in Darwin. 

RADD's National Director, Peter Rubinstein explained how the video came to be produced.

"Pretty much every single player that RADD spoke to had a story of road trauma that had touched them in some way or another," he said via email. 

"What was more astounding was that hard as it was to talk about this in most cases, they were still prepared to share it with us."

Although it took over two years to secure funding and produce the video -- which is now being aired on Northern Territory TV networks -- the result is a powerful reminder about the devastating affects of drink driving.

"What is most impressive about this video is the sheer guts that it took these players to tell their story," said Mr Rubinstein.

"Their losses have hurt immensely and in most cases, it has been people very close to them who have lost lives fathers, uncles, cousins, best friends.

"These are private stories but are being shared in the hope that their telling will make other people sit up and realise that drink driving does not discriminate and can touch anyone no matter how well known or how little known that person is."

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