The Federal Member for Fowler, Mr Chris Hayes MP has bounced back after being involved in a motorcycle accident on his way to Canberra for a meeting at Parliament House on Sunday 26 February.
Mr Hayes suffered several injuries, including several broken ribs, a broken arm, and internal injuries, and spent fifteen days in Canberra Hospital, six of which were in the Intensive Care Unit.
On ANZAC Day on 25 April, while Mr Hayes, didn’t attend any Dawn Services this year due to his recent motorcycle accident, he did attend two services at Canley Heights RSL Club and the Mounties at Mt Pritchard.
“What I have been through recently is nothing compared to the experiences of the Anzacs and what they had to endure on a daily basis.”
“For instance, I draw strength from the experiences of my Grandfather, John Hayes, who was twice severely injured and once shot through the neck in France, but on both occasions, he returned to active service.”
“He was an example of true courage, commitment and determination,” Mr Hayes said.
“We are forever indebted to these brave soldiers and the spirit of ANZAC will forever live on.”
“Lest we forget,” Mr Hayes concluded.
Recalling the accident, he said, “Thank you to my wife, Bernadette, my family, my staff, and to all those who have taken the time to send their best wishes, it really means a lot to me.”
“While I won’t be getting back on a motorbike, I will continue to stay involved in the various motorcycle safety campaigns, in particular the Police Wall to Wall Ride, although my vehicle of choice will have four wheels, not two,” Mr Hayes said.
Mr Hayes has praised the actions of Senior Constable Mark Smith of the Queanbeyan Highway Patrol who was in the immediate vicinity at the time of his accident.
“I consider myself very lucky that Senior Constable Smith was there, he certainly made a difference to the outcome of my accident,” Mr Hayes admitted.