Community helps horse-kick victim
One minute Kerry Garady of Mullumbimby was shooing the friend’s horse she was looking after off the road and into the paddock, the next she was vaguely aware of her husband bending over her, insistently repeating her name.
“I thought I was still in bed,” she said.
“And that he was trying to wake me.”
But Kerry was flat on her back by the gate, blood coming out of her ears and a big hoof print on her shirt where the huge French Clydesdale, spooked by a tractor coming up the hill, had lashed out.
Kerry was airlifted to the Gold Coast for treatment for a broken neck, as well as internal injuries to her liver, kidney and spleen, and she is now back at home in a halo neck brace, her constant companion 24 hours a day for the next few weeks.
And although she’s able to move around a bit, and her mobility steadily increases, there’s not a great deal she is able to do in the day-to-day running of a household and the care of three young children.
“My little guy has been really freaked out,” Ms Garady said of her infant son with whom she can no longer do ‘mum stuff’.
“Because for him it’s like his mum was taken away and replaced with another.”
Husband Adam has had to give up work to become full-time carer of everyone, her mother-in-law came from the UK for a month, friends kicked in, and Home Help eventually came on board with assistance after a Don Page intervention sorted out the bureaucratic knot that NSW residents hospitalised in Queensland face.
Kerry is full of praise for her ‘trooper of a husband, and has been overwhelmed by the response of the place her family moved to from the UK fours years ago.
“The support of the community has just been incredible, with even people we don’t know offering help, shops offering vouchers, little old ladies coming up to the house with pots of jam,” Ms Garady said.
“I doubt you would get that anywhere else – we’re just so lucky to live in Mullumbimby.”
Now the town that Ms Garady would like to see renamed ‘The biggest-hearted community in Australia’ is gearing up for the next stage in helping the family, with teachers and friends from Mullumbimby Public School, where her two older children are pupils, planning a charity ball as a fundraiser.
The evening features world-class soul diva Lisa Hunt and her amazing band, with performances also donated by local rock stars Polaroid Fame, country chanteuse Susanna Carman, comedy from Ellen Briggs and Paul McMahon, cabaret dance by Mullum Rouge plus a secret special guest band on the night.
Dress is casual, though frocking up is encouraged, and tickets are available at the Mullumbimby Newsagency or at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, for the event that begins at 7.30 pm on Thursday, June 3, at the club.
More information about a great night out to help a brave family is available at http://mullumcharity.com/