Finalist: Outstanding work in the community
KELLY Foran knows first-hand the frailty of life and the often overwhelming challenges faced when country people become ill or injured.
For several years from 2002 Kelly and her young son endured a harrowing series of illnesses, which saw her family leaving their home in rural NSW and spending large amounts of time in hospitals in Sydney and Brisbane.
The logistics of handling not only operations and depleted funds but of finding basic services in a strange environment led Kelly to form Friendly Faces Helping Hands, a foundation which links country people to major hospitals and invaluable health services.
In the three years since the foundation’s inception more than 30,000 people have been assisted by sourcing information on the website and hotline.
Kelly runs Friendly Faces Helping Hands from her family home at Maules Creek near Narrabri where she lives with her husband, Dave, her two children, Jake and Lane, and a collection of campdraft horses.