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Bali survivor Speaks from the Heart in Canberra

7 OCTOBER 2004

Bali bomb survivor Simon Quayle will reflect on his recovery and the memory of seven lost team mates at the National Museum of Australia tomorrow.

The Perth-based former Kingsley Cats football coach is visiting the Museum on the eve of the second anniversary of the Bali bombings - and for the first time since the T-shirt he was wearing at the Sari Club on 12 October 2002 went on show in the Museum's Eternity gallery.

"Simon's story is one of great courage as he searched for missing team mates and relayed news of the horrific events to the Australian media," said Eternity curator Sophie Jensen. "His bloodstained team shirt evokes a vivid picture of the fear and terror that night in the Sari Club."

Simon is giving a free talk on life after the bombing and his new Speak from the Heart project, aimed at inspiring all Australians to chase their dreams. Simon's address is being held in the Friends Lounge from 6-7.30pm tomorrow.

"I'm overjoyed and honoured that my story represents part of the Bali story in the National Museum," Simon said. "Speaking about my mates, my own process of healing and the importance of making the most out of every moment has been a passion of mine since Bali."

WHAT: Eternity Simon Quayle media preview

WHEN: 11am, Friday, 8 October 2004

WHERE: Eternity gallery, National Museum, Acton

Eternity is one of the National Museum's five permanent exhibitions and brings to life the personal stories of 50 ordinary and extraordinary Australians, based on emotional themes that speak directly to people's experiences. Simon's story is told under the theme of FEAR.

The National Museum is also commemorating the Bali anniversary with a screening of Bali Healing and an interview with film makers John and Sara Darling on 21 October at 6pm.

For interviews or images please contact public affairs director Martin Portus on 02 6208 5351, 0409 916 481 or m.portus@nma.gov.au