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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

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Parliamentary Record 23


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Tuesday 10 November 1991 Chan Park Nursing Home. Sandy was passionate about the cause of the aged in Australia, possessing a wealth of knowledge about their needs and understanding about what members of the community should do to improve standards of care. Behind these expressions of concern were Sandy, the mother, the wife, the friend and carer, a kind-hearted and loving person who always found time to give to others, especially those in need. Sandy was especially proud of the achievements of her children and was delighted with their choice of partners in Clare, Adrian and Stuart. Normally full of boundless energy and enthusiasm, Sandy began to feel unusually tired towards the middle of 1991* When she was first diagnosed with lung cancer in October last year, her first thought, characteristically, was of her family. Despite a gloomy medical prognosis, Sandy was determined not to give up. In March this year, Sandy and her daughter Bindy attended the Ian Gawler Clinic in Victoria where she was encouraged to fight the disease with her own natural resources of the mind through meditation and loving energy. She also embarked upon a strict diet with a characteristic discipline and determination. She did not allow herself to become self-pitying or depressed. Sandy did not give up and was greatly encouraged by her good friends and by her adopted 'family', neighbours Greg, Margaret and little Libby. Sandy was able to host and enjoy daughter Karyl's wedding in June, a warm and memorable event shared with family and close friends. She was also able to draw great comfort from the knowledge of her first grandchild's expected arrival in March of next year. Sandy did not allow her illness to stop her enjoying the good company of her friends. Somehow she managed to make lunches and hold mahjong mornings and Chi Kung classes. Only 2 weeks ago, she enjoyed a Melbourne Cup lunch with friends. Through the professional care of Dr Daryl Howe and with the support of the Community Health Service, her friends and family, Sandy was able to remain in relative comfort at home. Some 2 weekends ago, it became apparent that, while Sandy's spirit did not give up, her body soon would. On that Monday afternoon, Sandy died at home with Mai, Kim, Daryl and Bindy sitting with her. Just before she died, Sandy told them that she had lived a wonderful life and that she had a marvellous family. She asked if they would thank everyone for being so good to her. Right to the last, Sandy's thoughts were of others. Sandy was a loving person whose life and goodness touched many people. She will be remembered dearly by friends and family as a great and lovely lady whose spirit will live forever. Might I also say, Mr Speaker, that the assembled congregation at the Smith Street Uniting Church in Darwin represented a diverse cross-section of the Territory community. I am sure that members will join with me in wishing Mai all the best for the future. Our thoughts are with him at this most difficult time. Members: Hear, hear! Mr STONE: Mr Speaker, I would like also to pay tribute tonight to Dr Tay Eng Soon, a former Minister of State for Education in Singapore. I had the opportunity to meet Dr Tay in 1991- He helped me to form my early plans for the Northern Territory Employment and Training Authority and he convinced me of the importance of TAFE courses articulating into higher 10 695

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