Beneath Clea’s bedroom window, we have planted a rose; Clea’s Rose. This rose is not named after our Clea but after Clea Rose who not only shares Clea’s name but also shares a tragic death. Clea Rose was hit by a car during a police pursuit in Canberra.
Earlier this year, Clea Rose’s parents contacted us to let us know that they had bought the naming rights to a rose and were going to sell the rose to raise awareness of acquired brain injury. They knew our daughters shared a named and wanted to tell us about the rose before it became publicly available. They also gave us a rose for our Clea. We feel very privileged to have such a rose and are grateful that Clea’s parents thought of us.
Clea’s Rose now has its own website – www.cleasrose.com – and this weekend (12th and 13th November) the rose will be launched and previewed in Canberra. The first 100 roses will be available through a raffle (only $5 per ticket). But next March (2012), the rose will be available publicly and I urge as many people as possible to purchase Clea’s Rose.
I know that our friends and family will buy the rose for our Clea as it suits her as much as it suits Clea Rose. It is pink and apricot, dainty and pretty. It stands out in the crowd of roses in our garden.
To us, the rose beneath Clea’s bedroom window is her rose; it is Clea’s Rose.
PS. Clea’s special friend from my work, Claire, won a Clea’s Rose which I think is very appropriate.