On October 10, 2015, Leah Abrams was trapped in a car following a serious crash on Mt Eden Road with a drunk driver. It
took her over a year of surgeries, physiotherapy and learning to write again before Leah could lead the life she had
before the crash.
A year after this horrific incident Leah established NESA (No One Ever Stands Alone), the charitable trust dedicated to
ending drink and drugged driving in New Zealand.
This October is the second anniversary for NESA and three years from the crash. To mark these events, there will be a
national awareness day on 10 October. This will be followed by a fundraising event on the Saturday, in Mt Eden near the
site of the crash.
“This is the first time in this country that a national awareness day has been dedicated to raise awareness and
education for drunk and drugged driving, Leah says, “I’m thrilled to use my experience to raise attention to for this
issue and make our roads safer.”
Leah is calling everyone to play their part on 10 October and consider the impact of getting behind the wheel of a car
after you’ve had a drink. Leah isn’t alone in her plight, MP for Maungakiekie Denise Lee, is playing her part too and
will speaking at Saturday’s fundraising event.
Leah is shocked, “It’s staggering that New Zealand’s drunk and drug statistics are so high. I was stunned to learn that
last year there were over 2,000 fatal or injury crashes caused because of people driving under the influence of alcohol
“How can you afford not to play your part and support NESA’s national awareness day on 10 October? It’s easy, choose to
be a sober driver and join NESA to end drink and drugged driving.”
As part of the awareness day activities, NESA is calling for donations which can be made through its website at www.nesa.org.nz