Yesterday with all the horror of Boston going on, I went onto google to see how it was being reported throughout the world.
By coincidence, a newspaper in NSW Australia had a story about a tragic death of a single mother of a ten-year old boy who was now left with very little family.
A fund had been set up for her burial, and all monies over that would go toward his living and education. He is now with his aunt.
Sredy skated Derby and the 41-year old was loved by all.
I was so touched by the story that I posted the site for donations (please click above) and made a small donation myself. This morning I was astonished to see a message from Tammy Tantrum Cryz who mentioned that she had attended my seminar at Rollercon, brought me some Australian mementos (of course I remembered), and incredibly, was Sredy’s Derby wife!
Well that brought on the tears.
I am not truly one of you. I was born into Roller Derby, was the caretaker for 15 years, but never skated on a team. I announced and promoted.
That is why I am so involved in letting the world know about this activity that cannot just be defined as just a game; you all know it is far more personal and life-enhancing than that……a world-wide sisterhood and brotherhood that transcends borders and cultures and differences…..you are all family.
And I have seen how Derby responds: when Lori Milkeris almost lost her life because of domestic abuse, you were all there for her, and she was the primary reason “Derby against domestic violence” was formed by Rhea. And when the almost super-woman Donna “thehotflash” Kay came blasting into the game in her fifties and has done so much since, that was the inspiration for “Derby over 40″which by the end of the month will have 1800 members.
And so many sites and charities and community organization are just a part of your Derby DNA! And I am so pleased to be part of the Red Cross/Roller Derby blood drives of which so many of you have already indicated your involvement.
This memorialization of Sredy is another chance for us to join hands worldwide and tell Tammy and Joel and all her friends and family in Australia that they fall under the shield of Roller Derby. Please donate if you can – any amount – and if you can’t, just think of how all-encompassing the Derby world is.