A “Candles for Compassion” candle light vigil will be held in Mount Gambier tomorrow night. The event is being organised by Jane Qualmann, who is an advocate for the Voluntary Assisted Dying South Australia Bill.
The Bill has passed the Upper House and will now go to the Lower House for decision. Ms Qualmann said the vigil was being held to shine a light of support behind politicians who are voting yes or have not quite made up their mind yet.
“Our vigil is to remember all those who died waiting for this bill to pass,” she said. It will be held under the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre verandah on May 21 from 5pm to 7pm.
Speakers will include politician Kyam Maher, Member for MacKillop Nick McBride, Member for Mount Gamier Troy Bell, Christians Supporting Choice for VAD representative Reverend Michael Dowling, A Peaceful End’s Angie Miller and Anne Bunning from VADSA.
“We urge all who support the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill to come along bring a LED candle and wear red,” Ms Qualmann said. “If you wish you can include a photo of a loved one who would have wanted the choice on how their life’s journey would end.”