A night for remembering
By EMMA O'NEILL
"COREY, Bryce, Mitchell and Paul, remember those names that's all."
They were the words sung by Kadina High School student, Kiwat Kennell, at a LADS fundraising concert on Saturday night.
Kiwat wrote the song almost a year ago the day after his friends were killed in a car accident at Breoken Head in the early hours of October 22.
More than 300 people gathered at the Lismore Workers Club for the all-ages remembrance concert, held to mark the first anniversary of the boys' death and raise funds for a local driving school.
Brave smiles shone through misty eyes as friends and families of the boys joined local Lismore bands on stage.
Rachel Eveleigh, sister of Mitchell Eveleigh, opened the concert with two acoustic performances. The last time Rachel saw her brother they had written a song together.
Mitchell was a promising musician and Rachel wanted to sing at the concert as a tribute to her brother.
For Anne New, mother of Corey New who also died in the accident, the concert was a celebration of the boys' lives although holding back tears during Kiwat's performance proved hard.
"We just needed to get through that song and now we're right," Mrs New said.
They say time is one of the greatest healers of grief, but many friends and family at the concert said the past 12 months had flown by.
Jade Whipps, who was Paul Morris's girlfriend when the crash happened, said time had almost stood still.
A Kadina High classmate of the boys, Sam Sainsbury, said she still thought about them all the time. Anne New spent the night before the concert weaving four different coloured ribbons onto badges to sell at the LADS concert. Each colour represented one of the boys.
"We wanted to have a concert for the anniversary so everyone could be together," she said. "At this time of the year everyone is going to be thinking about the boys."
Some of those at the concert danced, some laughed and some cried. But everyone remembered.
They remembered Corey, Bryce, Mitchell and Paul. They remembered those names that's all.