Sydney terror survivor gives thanks

The young Sydney woman seriously injured in the Barcelona terror attack has thanked supporters for their “outpouring of love and kindness” as she continues her recovery.


Commonwealth Bank worker Suria Intan was on a European holiday with friends when a van ploughed into crowds on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas on August 17.

Sixteen people were killed – including seven-year-old Sydney boy Julian Cadman – and more than 120 were wounded in the terror attack in Barcelona and another in the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils.

“We are very grateful that Suria is on the road to recovery and ask that you respect her privacy,” her family said in a statement released by DFAT on Friday.

“We also know very well that we are not the only ones to have suffered from these unjust acts. Our prayers and thoughts are with those who were affected and lost their precious loved ones.”

Ms Intan’s family said the number of people who have come to her aid “has been incredible”.

In particular, she thanked the “amazing” medical team at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, the city’s Hillsong Church, the owners of the Violeta Boutique Hotel and Australian officials in Spain.

She also thanked her sister Emy Nora who has been by her side throughout her recovery and “many other kindhearted people who are too many to mention individually”.

Julian Cadman’s mother, Jumarie, who was critically injured in the Barcelona attack, is still recovering in hospital.

The Wiggles on Thursday announced they will perform a charity concert in mid-September to raise funds for the Cadman family.

Blue Wiggle Anthony has a personal connection to the Cadmans – he grew up across the road from Julian’s grandparents and attended Julian’s school, St Bernadette’s, in Lalor Park.

A special family day “In Memory of our Karate Kid” is also being organised for Saturday by Prodigy Martial Arts Australia – where Julian trained – to raise funds.

Family friend Scott Bowman has also established a GoFundMe page which, as of Friday morning, had raised more than $240,000 for the Cadmans.