The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014
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Personal battles drive help for others SUICIDE prevention was top of the agenda for two winners of Pride of Australia Medals yesterday. More than 90 people turned out to the event, in its 10th year, at NT Parliament House. NT News general manager Greg Thomson said the awards aim to shine the spotlight on incredible Territorians who captivate us with their stories of hope, inspiration, courage and triumph over adversity. Care and Compassion winner Nicole Gallas accepted her award with an impassioned speech about reducing suicide rates. Suicide is the biggest killer in Australia at the moment for men and women under 44 years of age, Ms Gallas said. It has to stop. The Alice Springs resident has battled her own demons from a young age. Ms Gallas has attempted suicide and struggled with depression. She went on to found a charity organisation, Out of the Shadows, to help other who suffer from the disease. Ms Gallas walked from Alice Springs to Adelaide earlier in the year to raise awareness of mental health issues. Host Amanda Pernechele said the award was fitting as it coincided with National Mental Health Week. Winner of the Courage Medal, Julie Turner, lost her 17-year-old daughter to suicide, her 13-year-old son Daniel drowned and she also suffered a late-term miscarriage. Ms Turner became the founding member of the Darwin Regional Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network, works with Royal Life Saving and SIDS and Kids. She has used the experiences to create positive outcomes for Territorians Ms Turner has addressed the United Nations with recommendations on the handling of suicides. While only 10 sterling silver medals were handed out, there were 22 heroes yesterday. Finalists received a commemorative pen. All winners are now in contention for a national award in their category. MEDAL WINNERS 1.Heroism Jonathan McKay Johnny is a core volunteer with the Palmerston Unit of the Northern Territory Emergency Service. Whether hes assisting in road accidents or when there has been a croc attack, Johnny will always try to make himself available to help out wherever he can. He has also assisted in fundraising and charity events. 2. Outstanding Bravery Shane Tipungwuti When Shane, went to go for a swim at a local waterhole in Millingimbi earlier this year, he was told that three-year-old Lucas had fallen in. Brave Shane didnt hesitate in jumping in to pull Lucas to safety. Lucas was unconscious and might not have been alive and well today if Shane hadnt performed CPR. 3 Courage Julie Turner Julie has overcome immense hardship. She lost her 17-year-old daughter Carmie to suicide, her 13-year-old son Daniel drowned and she also suffered a late-term miscarriage. Julie has become the founding member of the Darwin Regional Indigenous Suicide Prevention Network, works with Royal Life Saving and SIDS and Kids. 4.Environment Graeme Sawyer Graeme is committed to helping the Top End environment. Hes been the driving force behind Darwins FrogWatch program. Graemes campaigned for years to help protect native wildlife from the destructive invasion of cane toads. 5. Care and Compassion Nicole Gallas Battling her own demons from a young age, Nicky has saved her own life from depression and suicide attempts. Nicky walked in the shoes of those who are suffering and uses that experience to help others including walking from Alice Springs to Adelaide to raise awareness for mental health. 6. Inspiration Beverley Angeles The Centralian Girls Academy supports and mentors indigenous girls to reach their full potential and Beverley Angeles is at the heart of its success. Beverley has inspired many girls to become future leaders, role models or just well-behaved and dedicated members of their community. By MEGAN PALIN Our kind, inspiring, courageous heroes 04 NEWS FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 1 5 8 9 10
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