Tribute To Andrew Watson
Mr ALISTER HENSKENS ( Ku-ring-gai ) ( 13:25 :12 ): Today I speak of a remarkable young man, Wahroonga's Andrew Watson. After being informed that he had stage four oesophageal cancer, Andrew decided to focus on helping others rather than on his own circumstances. Prior to his diagnosis, Andrew had every reason to be positive about his life. He had a loving family, a great job at Macquarie Bank and starred at five-eighth in the Redfield Old Boys Rugby first grade team. After embarking on a course of chemotherapy, he would have been forgiven for feeling sorry for himself. However, from a very early stage of his treatment, Andrew decided that he would help Sydney's homeless on Saturday and Sunday mornings by buying them a hot breakfast or having a chat. He has bravely kept doing that despite the side effects of his treatment.
Andrew also has coached and managed his rugby team and mentored the club's younger players, despite being unable to play. Andrew's efforts for the homeless are an inspiring example to us all and he has not only helped them but has had a big impact on his peers, changing their attitudes and perspectives. At only 26, Andrew is a magnificent role model for young men and women in Ku-ring-gai and for all of us. Andrew, you have shown extraordinary character and we give you our very best wishes for your future treatment.