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Stephen means Moore to people he cares for

- ERIN JONES SOUTHERN TIMES MESSENGER

STEPHEN Moore means the world to more than just his five children, who he single-handedly raised.

The Huntfield Heights resident, 52, also became a carer for his friend of 35 years, Cindy Parks, when her health problems resulted in her going in and out of hospital.

“He has pulled me out of the depths of despair many times from a very painful condition,” Ms Parks, 49, says.

Ms Parks suffers from chronic pancreatit­is and gastritis, and has been on the waiting list for knee reconstruc­tions for three years.

For the past decade, Mr Moore has helped her with daily tasks made difficult by her conditions, all while look- ing after his intellectu­ally disabled son Jack, 21.

Mr Moore is nominated for a Pride of Australia Award in the care and compassion category, recognisin­g people who have made a significan­t improvemen­t to the lives of those around them.

“It’s the little people that don’t get recognised and he is always there for me,” Ms Parks says. “He has five kids and lost his mum last year, but he was back helping me soon after.”

Mr Moore says being a carer is second nature having raised five children, which includes quadruplet­s. “It’s nice to know I’ve made such a difference,” he says.

Celebrate these everyday heroes by nominating someone you know. Visit advertiser. com. au/ prideofaus­tralia. Nomination­s are open until Sunday, July 19.

 ?? Picture: DAVE CRONIN ?? FRIENDSHIP: Cindy Parks is grateful for Stephen Moore’s help.
Picture: DAVE CRONIN FRIENDSHIP: Cindy Parks is grateful for Stephen Moore’s help.

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