Gooram­bat thanked

Benalla Ensign - - News - By Si­mon Rup­pert

When Be­nalla’s Corie Van Beek was in­jured in a fall at work last week the last thing he ex­pected was a com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether to help him get home.

The com­mu­nity in ques­tion was Gooram­bat, and pop­ping into the Rail­way Ho­tel to ask for a glass of wa­ter might just have saved his life.

It was a a hot and humid af­ter­noon in NSW when Corie slipped into a freshly dug hole frac­tur­ing his coxal bone.

Un­aware of the se­ri­ous­ness of his in­jury he jumped in the car, head­ing home to Be­nalla to put his feet up.

‘‘So I started driv­ing home. Af­ter a while I realised I was in a pretty bad way, I was de­hy­drated and didn’t feel very alert,’’ Ms Van Beek said.

‘‘I had enough pres­ence of mind to stop. I felt it was dan­ger­ous and I didn’t want to cause an ac­ci­dent.

‘‘I turned the air-con off to keep me alert, but I’d run out of wa­ter and it was 44°C that day. So it was not good.

‘‘So I pulled into Gooram­bat and went to the Rail­way Ho­tel and asked for wa­ter. They gave me a wa­ter with ice and no­ticed how bad I was, telling me I should sit down.’’

Mr Van Beek said that by this stage he was feel­ing aw­ful and de­spite not be­ing able to re­mem­ber ex­actly what was hap­pen­ing he felt he might have been quite short with the peo­ple try­ing to help.

‘‘They said they didn’t think I should be driv­ing and asked me if I’d like a lift home,’’ Mr Van Beek said.

‘‘I’d never met the peo­ple be­fore, but they of­fered to drive me home. They saw how dis­tressed I was and no­ticed I was hav­ing trou­ble walk­ing.’’

Af­ter as­sess­ing the sit­u­a­tion staff and pa­trons de­cided to call Mr Van Beek an am­bu­lance, which took him to Wan­garatta Hos­pi­tal.

‘‘I got home well af­ter mid­night. When I ar­rived I found the car on the drive and the keys there. They had driven my car home,’’ Mr van Beek said.

‘‘I as­sume they must have taken two cars and driven one back, what they did was just amaz­ing.

‘‘I didn’t re­ally know the peo­ple who helped me and I didn’t get a chance to say thanks.

‘‘It was a won­der­ful act of kind­ness and it was a won­der­ful thing to do. It wasn’t just around the cor­ner it was all the way back into town. They had no hes­i­ta­tion in help­ing.

‘‘I’d re­ally like to say a big thank you to the won­der­ful peo­ple of Gooram­bat, and the won­der­ful pa­trons and staff at the Rail­way Ho­tel.’’

Corie Van Beek

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