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The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014



The Northern Territory news Fri 10 Oct 2014

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Young Enjays story among most moving A LITTLE girl who has barely known life without the knowledge that her mother is dying was among 10 inspirational Territorians who were honoured with a Pride of Australia Medal at NT Parliament yesterday. It was a cavalcade of community champions who graced the stage and among the 10 winners were three children. There was hardly a dry eye in the house when Woodroffe Primary School student Enjay Davies, 8, was named the winner of the Child of Courage medal. Enjays mother Candice, is terminally ill with Ewings sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. She was given a year to live by doctors in October last year. Enjay was nominated by a family friend who admired her compassion and kindness. No child at such a young age should have to prepare to say goodbye to her mum forever, but Enjay is doing her best to stay positive and support her mum, the nomination read. Enjay was among 22 finalists and 10 winners saluted at the 10th annual awards, for epitomising the Aussie spirit through remarkable bravery, generosity and enduring acts of kindness. The Scoops Amanda Pernechele broke down as she read the award citation for Enjay, who first learnt her mother was battling terminal cancer at just four years of age. Enjay said she was happy to receive the medal. Her mother Candice Clark said she was proud of her daughter. The other day my hair fell out and I started bawling my eyes out and she came up to me and said are you OK mum? and asked if I wanted her to ring (my husband), Ms Clark said. Shes always helping and not just with me. She goes to school and asks everyone how she can help Im most proud of the way she wants to help everyone. Minister for Youth Peter Styles approached the ClarkDavies family privately at the end of the ceremony and told them their story was close to his heart. Mr Styles said his daughter had lost her mother to cancer 25 years ago, when she was just nine years old. Its tough for everyone but I want them to know theres a future, Mr Styles said. Shane Tipungwuti, 11, was awarded the medal for Outstanding Bravery for saving a life. Shane went for a swim at a local waterhole in Millingimbi earlier this year when he was told that three year old Lucas had fallen in. A brave Shane jumped in to pull an unconscious Lucas to safety and performed CPR which he learnt through reading a first aid book and watching television. Tanayah Allegretto, 13, took out the Young Leader medal for fundraising and caring for neglected animals. Johnnys real delight DARWIN radio star Johnny McKay says his Pride of Australia Medal has made him a real Territorian. The New Zealand citizen was awarded the Heroism Medal for his volunteer work with the Palmerston Unit of the Northern Territory Emergency Service. Mr McKay joined the team just two days after moving to Australia from New Zealand and has assisted victims of road accidents and croc attacks. I was involved in the search for Sean Cole who was taken by a crocodile at Mary River, he said. He also searched for a fisherman taken by croc in Adelaide River. Mr McKay said his main aim when searching for the bodies was to bring closure to their families. Mr McKay works full time as a breakfast announcer on Territory FM and raises money for charity in his spare time. 7. Fair Go Vinodas Balakirushnan Vino came to Australia seeking asylum two years ago from Sri Lanka and hasnt wasted a minute giving back to his new home. As a talented artist, Vino studies full time, works full time and still finds time to volunteer. Whether its contributing to events like National Humanitarian Day or World Refugee Day Vino helps out wherever he can and has a strong determination to be a part of the community. 8. Young Leader Tanayah Allegretto Whether its fundraising for a cause or caring for neglected animals, Tanayah has always just wanted to do right by others. At just 13 years of age, she has helped fundraise for the Red Shield Appeal, Light the Night and The Worlds Greatest Shave, and has been involved in the Shoebox of Love Appeal which provides hope and support for Australian communities affected by disasters. Tanayah also dedicates weekends to support St John Ambulance and is gaining valuable leadership strengths through her commitment to the Australian Air Force Cadets. 9. Community Spirit Tony Burns Tony has dedicated much of his time to volunteer, support and fundraise for the John McLean Foundation which provides support to young Australians who require wheelchairs for mobility. Since June 2011, Tony has now raised a massive $416,000 for the foundation. 10. Child of Courage Enjay Davies Enjays mother Candice is terminally ill with Ewings sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. At just eight years of age, Enjay has done everything she can to make her mum happy and be by her side as she completes her bucket list. No child at such a young age should have to prepare to say goodbye to her mum forever, but Enjay is doing her best to stay positive and support her mum. Our kind, inspiring, courageous heroes FRIDAY OCTOBER 10 2014 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA 2 3 4 6 7