By Sarah Slater
A family that lost a beloved son and brother last month in a tragic accident in Australia wants to return to a community of strangers who helped them when they needed it most.
Brian Mason, 28, originally from Broadford, Co Clare died in a motorcycle accident 10 hours north of his home in Perth, Western Australia, five weeks ago.
He was returning home, where he had moved more than three years ago after a visit to a friend in the town of Karratha on September 22 when a tragedy struck.
His older sister, Pauline, who now lives in London, explained: "No other vehicle was involved, but the bag with which he traveled was caught in the back wheel of his bike and we lost Brian. A girl who got into the accident ran to help him, so she assured us that he was not alone on the road after the accident.
The news that something had happened to Brian came to Pauline by a Facebook message when their mother, Kathleen, visited her in London over the weekend.
"I'm grateful that my mother was with me when we got the news, since she had to travel to me the previous weekend, but I changed her due to work commitments. The Facebook message informing us that the police in Western Australia wanted us to come in contact changed our lives forever.
"I can honestly say that nothing, absolutely nothing, has prepared any of us for this. When this information was given to us by telephone from a police sergeant in Western Australia, in a fraction of a second of information, our universe imploded to mam, my sister Michelle, Brother Sean, and our father John.[quote]Our hearts were burned to pieces. It was breathtaking. Is still.[/quote]
"It took two weeks to bring Brian's remains back to Clare, but from the moment we learned of the accident, a community in Australia took over and did everything for us without getting to know us."
Pauline saw Brian, the youngest of four children, when she visited him last February in Perth and knew he had surrounded himself with what he loved – his work as a mechanic, his bicycle, his love of the telescope and the stars. music, sport and outdoor living.
"Brian also had the chance to travel home last April, that family has many fond memories and is very grateful to have seen him so recently," added Pauline.
In the whirlwind of the family of excitement and devastation, two charities – the Claddagh Association in Perth and the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust that help bring loved ones home – have only involved us with help, guidance, and the hard work of dealing with all administration and the bureaucracy that accompanies the loss of a loved one abroad, "Pauline said.
"Those within the Claddagh Association helped organize the return of their remains to Perth, offered accommodation to their friends who had traveled to stay with him, emotional support when their friends had to formally identify their body and helped with all administrative matters. such as a coroner's report.
"They were strangers, but they were and are incredible people to help us and Brian's friends when they learned what had happened.
"The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust was superb when the unthinkable happened to us and without them we would have fought too. They financed the entire repatriation which helped to get him back home to us much faster than it otherwise would have happened.
"Without the exceptional work of these types of organizations, our terrible loss would have been even more difficult."[h2]Tractor Racing[/h2]
As a way of thanking the two charities that the Mason family is holding a fundraiser on Sunday, November 25, they can help ensure that the vital work of the two charities continues for others who release relatives and friends abroad.
"The route will pass through our childhood home. All tractors, trucks, trucks and cars are welcome. The day will also be a great opportunity to celebrate Brian's life, which he lived to the fullest.
"As someone recently told me, this is the kind of thing you never want to do for anyone. Especially not an immediate family member. And most especially not when they are plucked from you so suddenly and cruelly at age 28.
"Brian was a wonderful friend who meant so much to so many people, and whose life was absolutely full of interests, passion and meaning. One of the saddest things of all is that it is only at his death that we discover the extent of its impact on people's lives and particularly on the lives of their friends in Ireland and Australia.
"Speaking for myself, I consider that not only did I lose a brother, but one of my closest friends and confidants."[quote]He was my younger brother, but I did not think I could have looked at anyone else but looked up and kept looking at him. "[/quote]
Donations can also be made on the GoFundMe page,