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John Maher

John Maher

John points out, life doesn’t only hand out red roses, and what happened to John and his family is something that would break the hearts and spirit of many. Through the love of family and a fierce determination, John’s story is a triumph over adversity.

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John Maher's Biography

“Driving is not a right, it’s a privilege. A car crash will change your life and that of everyone who loves you. Be mindful on the road.”


Expert on: International Keynote Speaker on Road Safety, Risk and Family


John’s life journey is one of incredible triumph over tragedy, when a serious car accident derailed his life. He was 42 years old, a successful businessman with a wonderful family that included four beautiful daughters. Doctors told him he would never work again. But that was only the beginning of his misfortunes. After years of surgeries, rehabilitation and therapy, John was on the road to at least a partial recovery, when an even a greater tragedy struck his family when the youngest of his four daughters, 18-year-old Carmen, lost her life in a car accident. He and his family were devastated.


The pain was bad enough, but if not for his Income Protection insurance benefits, they wouldn’t have survived financially, and the family could have been torn apart. It became their only income for the next 16 years.


Then he redefined his life and determined to do something positive about his tragedies, he began to speak to young people and corporations all over Australia about how fragile and precious life is. After you hear John speak, you will never take your family and friends for granted. It will change your life.



  • Nominated for the National Australia Day Council ‘Australian of the Year Award’ in 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Winner of the Victorian “Regional Achievement & Community Awards” in the category of SAFETY in 2014
  • Winner of the ‘Ballarat Safe City Award’ in the category of Road Safety in 2015
  • Featured as the CommBank ‘Australian of the Day’ on Friday 4th December 2015