A jewel among car­ers

GRAND­MOTHER JUG­GLES WORK AND HELP

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Adam Bell Pride of Aus­tralia is proudly sup­ported by Clubs NSW MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, June 24, 2015

WHERE grand­mother and busi­ness­woman Karen Lind­ley finds the time to spend so many hours each week volunteering is a mys­tery to her friends and col­leagues.

As a vol­un­teer for Brave­hearts she of­ten works all hours help­ing vic­tims of child sex­ual as­sault as well as run­ning a jew­ellery busi­ness.

She guides vic­tims through the rigours of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem and, ac­cord­ing to po­lice in the Sex Crimes Unit, has helped lock up 19 pae­dophiles.

Mostly, the vic­tims she works with are adults, but the youngest is six and the old­est 78.

“Of­ten I am the first port of call and all I do is talk them through the process and hold their hand when they make a po­lice state­ment,” the Arcadia res­i­dent said.

“It can be very con­fronting and many peo­ple just don’t know where to start or what to do. Some­times these peo­ple have never told any­body and, now with the Royal Com­mis­sion, more peo­ple feel com­fort­able com­ing out.”

Kylie Yates, of the Cen­tre for Volunteering, de­scribes Karen as a “real stand­out” from the hun­dreds of amaz­ing vol­un­teers they meet each year.

“She helps sur­vivors of child sex­ual as­sault get their lives back and helps the po­lice lock up pae­dophiles to make our kids safer,” Ms Yates said.

Ms Lind­ley also sits on the board of home­less girls’ char­ity the Lil­lian How­ell Pro­ject and for two years cared for an el­derly man with a brain in­jury.

She is proud of her three grand­chil­dren who share her gen­eros­ity of spirit.

Last year, her 11-year-old grand­daugh­ter cut her hair to make wigs for can­cer pa­tients while another raised funds for chil­dren in Cam­bo­dia. And her seven-year-old grand­son Will Lind­ley was re­cently recog­nised for giv­ing away his birth­day presents to foster chil­dren.

The life­long vol­un­teer has been nom­i­nated for a Pride of Aus­tralia medal.

Pic­ture: STEPHEN COOPER

Brave­hearts vol­un­teer Karen Lind­ley.

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