Cruise for Kirra a testament to beloved teen

IT was great to see so many people turn out to yesterday’s Cruise for Kirra Sim.

There was plenty of fun and frivolity as people showed off their cars, bonnets up and engines revving, but I don’t think there would have been a dry eye when hundreds of balloons were released in memory of Kirra.

The fund-raising event was organised by a group of Kirra’s friends and grew from strength to strength, with more than 400 cars taking part in the Cranbourne to Bendigo cruise.

It was all about raising money for Kirra’s family and, most of all, honouring the memory of a young woman who was so tragically taken from this world.

Kirra Rose Sim, 19, died in September when her car and a truck collided on Hermitage Road, Marong.

Her friends and family yesterday talked about her bubbly personality, giving nature and passion for all things cars.

They’re still grieving, but were yesterday able to share in Kirra’s love of cars by taking part in the cruise and travelling the same route Kirra used to take to visit her boyfriend, Matt, who lived in Melbourne.

Kirra’s mum, Simone Anstell, described the support for the cruise as “absolutely amazing”.

“It’s been overwhelming,” she said.

“We’re so appreciative of all the love and support that’s been shown for our beautiful Kirra Rose.

“Today is very emotional.

“We know she’ll be watching.”

Well done to all who supported the event.

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