Alissa Marshall.
Alissa Marshall.

Death makes no sense

GIVE a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, teach him how to fish and he'll eat forever.

This is the principle by which one of Maclean's favourite daughter's, Alissa Marshall, is said to have lived by.

In her final years of study to be a high school teacher at Southern Cross University, Alissa was one of those wonderful people who truly walked it like she talked it.

Her tattoo stating "Knowledge is power" wasn't just a fashion statement. Those close to her said Alissa found a path when she spent three months voluntarily teaching children in Cambodia last summer.

She had returned to Australia earlier this year happier than ever and vowed to return to a part of the world in desperate need of the power of knowledge.

To try and make any sense out of Alissa's death is futile - whether she dropped something and took her eye off the road for a couple of seconds, was distracted by something else or her car malfunctioned is hardly relevant.

Every single person on this planet has made mistakes and sometimes those mistakes can be fatal.

Having reported on many young deaths in 18 years of journalism, the only thing that rings true in these cases is the need to treasure every day as if it was your last.

The fact that we lose someone who liked to live by such an edict only reinforces the fact that all of us are here for a relatively short time and we must act on the things that are important to us - now.

The Daily Examiner's heartfelt condolences go out to all touched by this tragedy and we offer our full support to the family's future quest to fundraise for the Alissa Project.

We must act on the things that are important to us - now.



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