Tell them Chrissy sent you

It’s hard to find the right words today.

Once again, we’re hearing news of a horrific terrorist attack in the United Kingdom, less than two weeks after Manchester.

When I saw what had happened, I immediately called one of my friends in London, who said sadly, “Thanks for getting in touch; you’re the only one who reached out. I think people are desensitised to this type of thing now.”


More innocent people have been killed… More fear and stress and pain is rising up for people in London, who were just going about their lives…

It’s unimaginable.

And now, there are families all over the world who are forced with the reality of life without their beloved children, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles and friends.

One story in particular stopped me in my tracks this morning. It was a statement about the Canadian victim, who has been identified as Chrissy Archibald.

She was living in Europe with her fiancé. In a statement, her devastated family said:

“We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

“She lived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiancé. She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.

“Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter.

“Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

I am struck by how kind-hearted and compassionate their response is to their beautiful daughter’s death. To find a silver lining in this situation, the most tragic you could ever endure, is incredibly generous.

We live in a new normal now. Over the weekend, we attended the fireworks show in Surfers Paradise, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only person wondering… Could this be a target?

But I won’t dwell in that mindset. Instead, as suggested, I’ll do something positive this week. And I’ll tell them Chrissy sent me.