This wall is our small way to say thank you to all those unsung heroes that make our lives better.
Everyone on it was nominated by a listener of The Christian O’Connell Show. Their stories are below.
Faye is that person you never want to meet, but when you do, you really appreciate the work she does. She is a funeral director who goes above and beyond every single day. With Faye there’s no such thing as an eight-hour day, she’s on 24/7, and always there when families need her.
Nick is a lifesaver! Literally. He performed CPR on listener Rebecca when she had a cardiac arrest at work. He then kept her alive by by continuing to do CPR for 16 minutes. Also her boss, he then kept her job open for her with no pressure, letting her know it was there whenever she was ready to come back.
You know that person who comes into your life at exactly the right time? Sue was that person for Julie when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Triple Negative Breast Cancer in March 2020. Not just a breast care nurse, Julie is the type of person who goes above and beyond for anyone she encounters, every step of the way.
Why settle for one emergency service when you can work for two! Scott works for Ambulance Victoria and has also been with the CFA for 25 years. He also is inspiring a new generation by helping teach the junior brigade. In his spare time (!) he organises a cancer charity ride and last year led 35 men on a dirt bike ride to raise $10,000 for The East Gippsland Cancer Support Group.
Ella-Grace is our fundraising wonderkid! At just 14 years old she decided to cut her hair and donate it to the ‘Kids With Cancer’ to make wigs for children going through chemo. She raised a whopping $1500 all by herself. If Ella-Grace’s any indication of the current generation of kids, our future’s in good hands.
Ivan is that guy that reminds us all of what it’s like to be a part of a community. Arriving in Australia 20 years ago from Iraq, he works 80hrs week as a cleaner to support the family. And in his spare time (!) he’s also a Soccer Coach, Scout Leader, a member of The Miniature Railway Society, and he’s a former member of the Kilmore CFA.
We’ve all seen those teachers in movies who change a child’s life forever. Nicky is that teacher (minus the movie). When Karen’s husband passed away unexpectedly, her young son Shaun really struggled with mental health issues. Fortunately, Nicky came into his life, and with her help Shaun completely turned his life around. He’s now thriving at school with a big circle of friends.
Harry has one of those inspirational stories that brings tears to your eyes. When Harry was young, he had a severe bike accident and was told by doctors he’d never walk again. Not Harry, he just saw that as a challenge! Nowadays he’s not just walking, he’s about to play his 500th game for the Footscray Hockey Club where he volunteers his time to help others and is a true club legend.
An absolute legend, Rena is a clerk at Werribee Mercy Emergency Ward. A breast cancer survivor herself, she spends most of her spare time driving friends who can no longer drive themselves wherever they need to go. She also volunteers to do their shopping whenever it’s needed.