Friends remember Karla Pollard with love
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ON the steps of the family home, where just a few months ago Karla Pollard celebrated her 18th birthday, her closest friends sat minus one.
The mood was not so much sombre as it was nostalgic as the girls talked about stories of school camps and hitting the clubs with Karla, who was tragically killed in a car accident on the Bruce Highway on Tuesday.
'She was always spontaneous, we'd be at the nightclub and she'd say 'Let's go for cocktails' and then she'd complain when they served it in a beer glass,' high school friend Renee Todd said.
Nikkita Horne said she always expected Karla to go on to achieve great things in life, summing her up as 'brilliant'.
'We just assumed she'd become Prime Minister of Australia or whatever, she was just so smart ? but she was natural about it, like it wasn't a big deal or anything,' Nikkita said.
Tanya Dunnett recalled a school trip where the class had gone Scuba diving.
'We were split into different groups and I'd forgotten to take my clothes with me, so Karla gave me her clothes to wear and she went in her swimmers.
'That's just the type of person she was, she'd give you the clothes off her back,'' she said.
Larrena Mann said she couldn't pinpoint what it was that made Karla special.
'It wasn't one thing that stood out about Karla, her whole life stood out,' she said.
The friends laughed as they shared stories, each one depicting another quality of Karla, who was often regarded as the ringleader of the group, but beneath it, all that remained was the sadness that a life had been cut short.
And not just any life, the life of a friend who was destined for great things.
A hero to her friends.
Karla's funeral service will be conducted at the Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Tuesday at 10am.