We’ll always have the memory of Tahlia Banks sitting at the back of our Journalism classes with her two best mates, Hannah and Darryl. Together, they were The Three Musketeers, each of them a force of nature. Now they are just two.
Tahlia had cystic fibrosis, a disease that takes people at a time when all their friends are just starting out on life’s adventure. On 17 April 2015, with immense sadness, we learned that her double lung transplant had not succeeded.
A few weeks later, one of her teachers, Simon Pipe, set out on a walking challenge, aiming to carry a red rose in Tahlia’s memory for at least 65 miles (“65 roses” is a term used with young patients who struggle to say “cystic fibrosis”).
In the end, he completed 100 miles in a little over 40 hours – his third completion of the Long Distance Walkers Association’s annual flagship challenge event.
And along the way, he shot a film on his smartphone.
Click here to read more of Tahlia’s story and find out how to make donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
A flowering tree has been planted outside the university’s Graham Sutherland Building in memory of Tahlia.