WHO WE ARE
The Harrison Payne Initiative is a not-for-profit that aims to create change around Beach Safety, 4WD safety, and road safety whilst providing support for families who have experienced similar tragedies. We want to share our story at schools, beaches, online and in other spaces throughout the community to educate young people on the dangers of driving on the beach. We want to share Harry’s story in a way that honours him and highlights the importance of driving responsibly and knowing when to speak up as a passenger.
Harrison ‘Harry’ Payne had been 18 years & 22 days old when his life was tragically taken in a 4WD crash on Woorim Beach, Bribie Island on May 30th, 2021. Harry loved to train deadlifts at World Gym Burpengary. His strength was admirable, with his 1 rep max being 220kgs at 17 years old.
Harry graduated from St Eugene College at Burpengary in 2020 and was a beloved member of his community. Harry was a kind soul with a bright personality that would uplift others everywhere he went. Harry was dearly loved by his family, friends, and basically anyone that knew him.
He was incredibly selfless and only wanted to help others. Harry’s death could have been prevented, and we want to do everything in our power to prevent this happening to another young person or family
HOW YOU CAN HELP
By buying from THPI range you can bring Harry’s - ‘STRENGTH TO CHANGE’ into your own homes, classrooms, workspaces and the community. Through our merch, you can look great and have conversations around Strength to Change at the same time by spreading the following message.
We are so lucky to have such incredible beaches on our doorstep here in Queensland. Beach driving provides a lot of fun & opportunity to make great memories with family and friends. At the same time, it’s so important to recognise the potential dangers of driving on the beach - particularly at high speed, on soft sand or in rough conditions.
This is just a reminder that road rules still apply on the beach - stick to the speed limits and wear your seatbelts. A tragedy can occur in a split second, so stay vigilant, look out for your friends and report reckless behaviour if possible.
Every driving experience should be about spending time with loved ones, making memories and looking after each other. We don’t wish the grief that comes from losing a loved one from road trauma on anyone. Make good choices out there & have the strength to change the culture surrounding four-wheel driving.
STRENGTH TO CHANGE
‘Strength to change’ encapsulates our message perfectly - we are turning this tragedy we have experienced into the strength that Harry possessed to make a difference, in hopes that this does not happen to another young person.
We do all of this in loving memory of our strong smart and gorgeous boy Harrison. The beautiful soul that Harry was, will live on forever through this Initiative.
The Harrison Payne Initiative has a massive vision to support families and individuals going through grief, loss and trauma due to beach or road crashes. Our family knows first-hand what this looks like and we were fortunate enough to be held in the arms of great friends and family whilst we navigated our way through the early days weeks and months of traumatic grief and the loss of our youngest son Harrison. Having support right from the get-go is so important to be able to process grief and loss and to be able to heal in your own time.
THPI aims to help families who are going through this journey of grief and loss. Through the support of our community this will help us to reach our goals and support other individuals and families during what is the surely the hardest journey in life to walk.