MORE than a hundred letters, cards and emails sent to the Forbes Rugby Union Club expressing sympathy in the wake of the 2002 Bali Bombings were reproduced at yesterday’s commemoration luncheon.
Filed in folders and books, the letters, cards and emails were made available to the players and their families during the event, held at the Forbes Rugby Club to mark the 10th anniversary of the bombings.
Letters from former prime minister John Howard, former premier Bob Carr, Ian Armstrong and John Cobb were among letters from first grade rugby clubs in New York, London, Greece, Spain and Singapore.
Other letters of sympathy were from individuals, families and school children, with some simply adding their signature to a group message.
Forbes Rugby Union Club players James Croker and Greg Moxey, who were in Bali at the time of the bombings, had their first look at some of the items yesterday.
Mr Moxey said the letters, cards and emails were around at the time, but had been put away.
When asked if it was difficult to look at the messages, Mr Moxey said they brought back thoughts and memories “that you don’t normally have”.
“But this time of year does that anyway,” Mr Croker said.
The Forbes Club received an arrangement of flowers from the Coogee Dolphins Rugby League Club.
The Coogee Dolphins lost six players during the Bali Bombings.