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Tragedies drive pair to campaign
Campaigners Ebony Owers, Odette Malloch, Tom Davies and Tammy Maloney. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

The heartbreak of losing loved ones to drink-driving has brought together two strangers who are now on a mission to save lives.

Odette Malloch's 18-year-old son Caelan Owers died in her arms after the car in which he was a passenger crashed just metres from his Yanchep home on April 16 last year.

Less than six weeks later, Tom Davies' good mate Luke Beyer, 17, was killed when a drink-driver crashed into his car in Ballajura.

In the 15 months since the accident, Mr Davies, 21, has been promoting road safety through a charity, Enough is Enough, set up in Luke's memory.

Yesterday, he joined forces with Ms Malloch and her family, with the help of Caelan's football club in Yanchep, to raise money for the charity and educate young people about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Ms Malloch said the pain of losing her only son intensified every time she heard about another drink-driving-related death in WA.

"When I heard about Enough is Enough, I thought 'this is what I want to do, to stop this from happening to somebody else and to save lives'," she said.

Caelan's teammates played a memorial game yesterday, less than 200m from where he was killed.

"It's time for local communities to come together and start advocating for safer roads and more responsible driving," Mr Davies said.

The West Australian

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