The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

COURAGE

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NEIL CADI­GAN

Af­ter Gold Coast man Neil Cadi­gan lost his son An­drew in a tragic mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent, he was de­ter­mined to carry on his legacy. An­drew walked solo around Aus­tralia over two years to raise money for the Can­cer Coun­cil and Leukaemia Foun­da­tion in hon­our of a friend who died from a rare blood can­cer. While in Thai­land to write a book about the ex­pe­ri­ence, he was in a mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent caused by another driver and put in a coma. Be­fore he died, Neil, an award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and au­thor, promised him he would com­plete his book for him. He ful­filled the vow and ear­lier this year With Ev­ery Step was launched, with part of the pro­ceeds do­nated to An­drew’s cho­sen char­i­ties. Neil has also launched an an­nual me­mo­rial walk on the Cen­tral Coast to con­tinue rais­ing money.

KERRIEK KEEPA

Ker­rieKe Keepa, who has lostlo five close fam­ily mem­bersm to sui­cide, has cam­paignedca tire­lessly to en­sureen those look­ing for helphe can get it. Ker­rie cre­at­edcr a pe­ti­tion call­ing forfo emer­gency staff to be be bet­ter ed­u­cated on men­tal he health af­ter the tragic death of fh her 21-year-old son Christo­pher who was turned away from Red­land Hos­pi­tal. The pe­ti­tion gar­nered more than 65,000 sig­na­tures. Re­cently the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment an­nounced hos­pi­tal staff would be trained to recog­nise and treat peo­ple pre­sent­ing with men­tal health is­sues as a re­sult of Ker­rie’s ap­peal. There is noth­ing more heart­break­ing than los­ing a child and Ker­rie has worked so hard so that other sui­cide deaths may be pre­vented.

TI­MOTHY WIL­SON

Ti­mothy Wil­son is a for­mer soldier from 6RAR at Enog­gera who has over­come sig­nif­i­cant men­tal and phys­i­cal in­juries from a bomb blast while serv­ing in Afghanista­n in 2010 to in­spire oth­ers to achieve great­ness. Still bat­tling post­trau­matic stress, he helped lead Nova and Chan­nel 7 on a Kokoda trek in April. On this trip Tim shared his story for the first time and fea­tured in a doc­u­men­tary which aired in Bris­bane dur­ing the An­zac Day long week­end. Af­ter leav­ing the army he’s now fo­cused on rais­ing aware­ness for Mates For Mates.

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