Parents are driving hope after toddler tragedy

HAPPIER TIMES: Georgina Cockburn, right, with sisters (from left) Elizabeth, Charlotte and Anna, just months before she was killed.IT’S a moment permanently seared on the psyche of Emma and Peter Cockburn, the moment they lost their little girl to a freak driveway accident.

In April 2011, Mr Cockburn was returning from work to his Young homewhen he struck and killed his 15-month-old daughter Georgina, who was playing on the floor of the garage.

“We don’t know how the garage door came to be open that day or why she was in there…she was probably just going to see her dad,” Mrs Cockburn said.The incident plunged the coupleinto unthinkable grief and set them on a mission to ensure other parents were not put inthe same position.

Barely a year after Georgina’s death, the Georgina Josephine Foundation was born, aimed at raising awareness about the dangers of low-speed vehiclerun overs.The Cockburns speak at special events, hold fundraisers andact as an emotional pillar for parents thrust into the same position.“Whenever I hear of a driveway accident, I send an information package to parents to let them know our group is out there,” Mrs Cockburn said.

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