Offer To Help Restore Cross
Friday June 13, 2008
A WOLLONGONG signwriting company has offered its services free to the Roman family, whose daughter's Picton Rd memorial cross was destroyed by vandals.The wooden cross was installed by Willow Vale's Melissa and John Roman near the spot on Picton Rd where their daughter Samantha was killed two years ago. But in the past fortnight vandals attacked the cross, first stealing $100 worth of silk flowers from the site and then chopping the wooden cross in two with an axe.Yesterday Mrs Roman told the Mercury the family would replace the cross with a new one, leading Wollongong's Booth Signs to offer their services to inscribe Samantha's name on it free of charge."I am not looking for publicity, I just want to help out," said signwriter Arthur Booth."I feel the wrong thing has been done by them and I would like to help in some way ... I know that little things can help a lot."I am prepared to engrave the wood, or create aluminium or vinyl lettering , just to make it look a bit nicer."Mrs Roman said she was surprised by the offer and happy to know there was such generosity in the community.