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Father’s humbling message on anniversary of Oatlands crash that killed four children

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The father of three children killed in a horrific crash one year ago has spoken about the power of forgiveness.

Four children were killed when an out-of-control ute mounted a footpath in Oatlands.

The families humbled the rest of NSW when they forgave the driver and have now launched ‘i4give Day’ to encourage people to reflect on relationships in their own lives.

Danny Abdallah told Ben Fordham he carries the pain with him every day, but he feels free from anger.

“I didn’t want my kids … to be angry, to feel that they lost their dad through anger, revenge and bitterness.

“Forgiveness is for yourself more than the driver.

“I’m still in pain, I still cry, I still miss my children but my soul isn’t imprisoned anymore.”

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Mother of 11-year-old Veronique who was killed in the crash, Bridget Sakr, told Deborah Knight forgiveness helps her family heal.

“We are offering the gift of forgiveness to the offender.”

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Leila Abdallah spent the day visiting her kids at the cemetery, telling Jim Wilson she had “mixed emotions”.

“I’m a mother, I’m heartbroken, I miss my kids every day. These kids are a piece of me, these kids are my identity, my signature … my life.

“Danny and I have chosen to face our grief, and to carry our cross and to keep taking steps forward.”

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