Ku-ring-gai Electorate Carers Commendations

Carers Awards recipients
29 October 2015

Mr ALISTER HENSKENS (Ku-ring-gai) [5.02 p.m.]: I am sure everyone in this Chamber would agree with me that the unsung heroes of our community are our carers. I was very pleased recently to recognise two fine carers in my electorate of Ku-ring-gai by way of high commendations during New South Wales Carers Week. Lynne Brakell from Wahroonga is a carer on numerous fronts. She is the full-time carer for her son, who lives with a mental illness, and her husband, who has a chronic health condition. She also acts as a respected carer for other carers. One of Lynne's great initiatives is helping carers deal with their daily lives through yoga. I also had the pleasure of meeting Sara Spurr from North Turramurra, who has been the full-time carer for her daughter, Lucy, since her birth. Lucy has Aicardi syndrome and is totally reliant on support. Sara also took into her home her father, who recently died of cancer, and her mother, who suffered a stroke several years ago. The self-sacrifice of people like Lynne and Sara, who struck me with their infectious positivity and smiles, is truly something to be applauded.