Remembering a murdered York backpacker
12:00am 8th April 2012
The life and legacy of a teenage backpacker, who was murdered during her gap-year trip ten years ago, is being celebrated.
19 year old Caroline Stuttle was travelling in Australia in April 2002.
She was attacked in Queensland on the 10th and thrown from a bridge during a struggle for her handbag.
Her killer is now serving a life sentence.
In the aftermath of her death her family, who live in York, have set up a travel safety awareness charity called Caroline’s Rainbow Foundation.
On Tuesday (10th April 2012), on the anniversary of the killing, a service is being held in York Minster celebrating her life and the charity’s work.
The Remembering Caroline service will take place at 6pm in the north transept of the Minster, following 5.15pm choral evensong in the quire.
More information about Caroline's Rainbow Foundation
The charity works to raise awareness of the importance of safe travel to young people.
In particular, it aims to provide information about safety abroad and encourage young people to recognise and prioritise life’s values.
This year it will be marking the 10th anniversary of Caroline's death by creating an app that will be free for people to download to their hand-held devices.
It will offer specific information for destinations, safety tips, maps and useful phone numbers that travellers might need.
Message from Caroline's family - written by Caroline's brother Richard Stuttle
Caroline was a very special person and during her 19 years she lived an outstanding life, fulfilling many personal goals and dazzling all around her with her wonderful personal qualities.
Caroline was kind, confident and intuitive. She will always be remembered for her warmth, intelligence and compassion. Everyone who met Caroline loved her wonderful spirit. In particular she had a bright, sweet nature and on occasion a daring sense of humour which revealed her independence and self-reliance. She was the quintessential young woman; popular, sociable and animated, and fitted so many things into her life with such energy and enthusiasm.
This is why 10 years after her passing we feel a service to remember her light is fitting and something Caroline would of been happy with.
After her tragic death Caroline's family decided, as her presence was so strong to start Caroline's Rainbow Foundation a travel safety awareness charity. Trying to help others and see a way forward through the grief.
Caroline's Rainbow Foundation is a UK registered charity working to raise awareness of the importance of safe travel to young people, whether they are going abroad for independent travel, gap year placements, organised trips or simply making plans to visit a different country. In particular, the charity aims to provide information about safety abroad and encourage young people to recognise and prioritise life's values wherever they may be in the world. CRF works with the education sector, the Foreign Office and other organisations, trusts and charities to provide information about safe travel to young people.
The charity has produced a DVD, aimed at young people planning to travel during their gap year, called the "Time of Your Life". The "Time of Your Life" is an informative resource about travel safety awareness. Used in schools, it includes supportive information for teachers to encourage classroom discussions about the different aspects of travelling. We have trained and are continuing to train young people across the UK to facilitate some of these discussions and continue our educational awareness program as widely as possible throughout secondary schools/colleges.
In 2012 we are marking our 10 year anniversary, to keep up with busy lives of travellers we are creating an App that will be free for people to download to their hand held device. The App will offer specific information for destinations, safety tips, maps and useful phone numbers that travellers might need. The App will be an extension of the "Global Guide" on our website, traveller generated information regarding safety and travel advice.
For contact and more details log on to - www.carolinesrainbowfoundation.org
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