Tears for Karla Pollard as she is farewelled
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
EVEN the sky wept as Karla Pollard was farewelled by family and friends at her funeral yesterday.
A sea of tear-stained faces filled the Star Of The Sea Catholic Church to say goodbye to a 'beauty queen and a scholar'.
In his eulogy, Tannum Sands State High School principal Ray Johnston described the 18-year-old, who was killed in a car accident on the Bruce Highway last Tuesday, as "the can-do kid'.
'Karla kept everyone going with her enthusiasm and looked for reasons to do things, rather than reasons not to,' he said.
Throughout the ceremony, interspersed with traditional hymns and readings by family friends and school teachers, were the sounds of laughter as those closest to her recalled moments they had shared with the bubbly teenager, who exuded a zest for life that made people want to be near her.
Mr Johnston said Karla had grown from a wide-eyed year 8 student to a mischievous teenager and on to become an accomplished young woman.
Her achievements spread across a range of activities, from drama and sport to academic and aid work, he told the hundreds who gathered to mourn her.
Mr Johnston said Karla Pollard's passion for learning led her to take part in a number of scholarships and awards, including the Calliope Shire Young Citizen of the Year Award in 2002, and a trip to India as a World Vision ambassador last year.
'So much of her life we regard in amazement,' Mr Johnston said.
Father Michael Carroll, who conducted the funeral ceremony, said while the memory of Karla's death would be forever scarred in the minds of those she loved, her spirit of generosity lived on through her family and friends.