I first met Mary when my husband Don and myself moved to Sunbury from the small town of Balranald, South Western NSW in 2003. Being new to the area,
My decision to become an advocate was based on two things: the desire to give some of my spare time helping someone else and David Abela’s convincing description of what being an advocate actually entailed.
When David called to ask if I would describe my experience as an advocate my immediate response was YES! I want people to know what a truly enriching experience this has been and continues to be for me.
Sometimes just being a Friend is all it takes!
It wasn’t so long ago Jimmy (not his real name) was homeless, mixing with a bad crowd, in trouble with the law and dealing with mental illness. He even found himself on that slippery slope of self-medicating with drugs that only exacerbated his situation and sent him on a perilous spiral.