Queensland victim’s family launches new platform for bereaved

Five years after the London Bridge terror attack claimed the lives of eight people, the family of an Australian victim have launched a new platform to help other victims of trauma and grief.

Queenslander, 21, Sara Zelenak was the youngest of the victims killed on June 3, 2017, when three terrorists deliberately rammed their van into pedestrians on London Bridge.

The three men then got out of the vehicle and went on a stabbing rampage in the nearby Borough Market.

Zelenak, who was traveling and working in London as a nanny at the time, was the youngest person killed in the attack.

Eight people, including two Australians, were killed in the London Bridge terror attack in 2017. (Sanctuary of Sarz)

Fellow Australian Kirsty Boden, a 28-year-old nurse, was also killed as she rushed to the aid of another victim.

Zelenak’s mother, Julie Wallace, described hearing the life-changing news for their family and the overwhelming shock of losing their daughter.

“I honestly thought I was having a heart attack, it couldn’t be real,” Wallace said.

“I thought I was dying and I couldn’t accept that was actually the truth.”

Sara Zelenak was working as a nanny in London when she was killed. (Facebook)

Wallace says the anniversary of the tragic event is the most dreaded day of the year.

“For me, preparing for a birthday is very anxiety-inducing, there are a lot of waves,” she said.

“I don’t know of any other family in Brisbane who have suffered the loss of a child in a terrorist attack.

“It’s a horrible feeling, it’s incomprehensible to others unless they’ve experienced it themselves.”

Julie and Mark Wallace have helped others who are grieving trauma through their organization Sarz Sanctuary. (New)

Julie and Mark Wallace have dedicated the past five years to helping others through traumatic grief.

Their organization, Sarz Sanctuary, named after their daughter, helps people around the world access support through trained practitioners.

Today, they launched an online healing platform that connects trauma victims around the world.

“It helps people who are dealing with traumatic grief, loss, PTSD and secondary trauma,” said Mark Wallace.

“When you’re feeling depressed, deep, traumatic, prolonged grief, PTSD, you need resources immediately,” Julie Wallace said.

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The organization recently began facilitating equine therapy with horses in Queensland.

In the aftermath of the February floods, Mark and Julie Wallace used their platform to offer support to others dealing with emotional trauma.

Julie Wallace said while nothing will bring her daughter back, the organization has helped ease some of the weight of her loss.

“I remember her beautiful smile that lights up the room, she had so much light and touched so many hearts,” Wallace said.

“She was kind, she was sensitive.

“Life has changed forever and I will always be broken, but this is how you heal around that hole in your heart.”

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