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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