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Hunter memorial services planned to support those affected by bus tragedy

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In the aftermath of the heart-breaking Greta bus crash, which claimed 10 lives, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle will host two memorial services this week to support those affected by the tragedy.

It comes after the local and national sporting community bandied together at the weekend to honour Nadene and Kyah McBride, Andrew and Lynan Scott, Kane Symons, Rebecca Mullen, Darcy Bulman, Zach Bray, Tori Cowburn and Angus Craig, who were killed when a coach they were travelling in overturned at the roundabout on Wine Country Drive near the Hunter Expressway off ramp.

At least half of them had strong links to the Singleton Roosters Australian rules club, which competes in AFL Hunter Central Coast.

Another 25 people were transported to hospitals in Maitland, Newcastle and Sydney, suffering a range of injuries.

In a show of solidarity, players from the Sydney Swans and Newcastle Knights wore black arm bands in their respective AFL and NRL matches against the Brisbane Lions and Sydney Roosters.

Newcastle Rugby League paid its respects to the victims of the Greta bus crash at the weekend. Photo: Rod Thompson

Other codes, from rugby to football, as well as netball, also paid their respects, either through a minute’s silence or likewise gestures.

In Newcastle Rugby League, for example, the executive retired the No 10 jumper from all games in round 12, honouring the ten people who died on that fateful night.

Local first responders were acknowledged at some matches throughout the Hunter, too.

Now, the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is inviting all residents to join Bishop Michael Kennedy as he leads liturgies to offer prayer and support for all those impacted.

One will take place at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 841 Hunter Street, Hamilton, on Tuesday 20 June at 6pm, with another at St Patrick’s Church, 28 Queen Street, Singleton, on Thursday 22 June from 6pm.

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the terrible loss of life and injury,” Bishop Michael Kennedy said.

“I offer my condolences and prayers to all those involved.

“By gathering as a community in prayer, we hope to comfort those in need as they come to terms with what has happened.”

Members of the public are also welcome to visit the prayer station established at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton, during opening hours to light a memorial candle and gather in reflection.

“The Diocese is continuing to work across the region to ensure we provide the support needed to those in the communities,” Bishop Kennedy said.

For more information, visit the website mn.catholic.org.au.

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