HELPING HAND I NSPIRES
THE final episode of this brilliant doco series brought tears … not simply out of heart-bursting pride at this program’s participants, but that another remarkable season is over and my weekly dose of humility and humanity is done for another year. The brilliance of the show – which seeks to feature the real lives of those with disabilities, struggling to find employment – was recently recognised internationally, when it won two gold medals at the New York Festivals International TV and Film awards. One was awarded by the United Nations which said the program “goes to the heart of what the work of the UN is all about – improving people’s lives.” While those showcased in the series serve to remind able-bodied Australians how easy we have it most times, this season has also introduced viewers to some of the funniest people I’ve watched on TV this year. How can you not giggle along when one Tourette’s sufferer yells “your mum is on eBay?” during one frustrated episode (now my favourite sledge). In this episode, we meet Tiarne, 20, who was born with extreme dwarfism and overcomes those height challenges with a joyous spirit, determination to be independent and of purpose; and her adorable furry friend Little Bear, a red cattle dog. If you missed this series, play catch-up on iview. And if you’re a politician, make these Australians your priority and get them the support and opportunity they so richly deserve.