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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 1st 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 2, 2009 5 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au A carer became a friend FIONA BRADY PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA The medal program needs your help to find the countless people who embody Australian values such as bravery and compassion, and give selflessly to their fellow Australians with little or no recognition. These unsung heroes could be your friend, workmate, neighbour, your child's teacher, the local police officer or a firefighter. Nominations will close at 5pm, Monday, April 13. For details or to make a nomination visit www. prideofaustralia.com.au Pride of Australia nominee Aynur Sendurgut, of Homebush West, with Chopin. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP261038 SHE'S the next-door neighbour we'd all love to have. Aynur Sendurgut has been nominated for a Pride of Australia medal by her friend and neighbour Anna Logan, who says she makes Homebush West a better place to live. ''She has lived around the corner from me for about 15 years, and made herself invaluable both to myself and residents of the public housing complex in which she lives,'' Ms Logan said. She said she first befriended Ms Sendurgut after her mother had a stroke and Ms Sendurgut became her carer for two years. ''Originally a complete stranger, she soon became indispensable for the competence and compassion with which she cared for my mother's needs,'' she said. ''Even though it's now seven years since my mother died, Aynur and I have continued and strengthened our deep friendship. ''She also saw me through the death of my husband, and (is) on hand whenever I'm in need -- to move and carry heavy items, to drive me to the airport early in the morning, to walk her dog with mine for company.'' And she's not the only one whose life Ms Sendurgut has enhanced. ''Over the years people in her housing complex have got sick, had babies, brought puppies home, got married, divorced, died. ''Everyone knows they can turn toAynur--ahughere,acupoftea there, a drive to the doctor, even a search for the right burial location at Rookwood,'' Ms Logan said. ''Anything that's within her power, she'll put her hand to.'' When her health allowed, Ms Sendurgut was also a volunteer at Concord Hospital, giving up her time to help seniors and Alzheimer's patients. ''I consider myself such a lucky person to live in Homebush West as I do, near Aynur,'' Ms Logan said. Leon's do or die decision FIONA BRADY Leon Booth on his quad bike. DIE alone in agony or light a bushfire as a cry for help? That was the horrific choice a South Strathfield man was faced with after he was seriously injured in a quad bike crash on NSW's Central Tablelands a few weeks ago. Leon Booth's decision to light a fire saved his life, but not without a horrible twist when the downforce of the helicopter sent to rescue him intensified the bushfire and necessitated more firefighting crews and tankers. The dramatic saga began about 1pm on March 11 when the father of two was spraying weeds on a friend's property in Reids Flat. Suddenly his 650cc bike rolled twice on a steep slope, leaving him with serious injuries, including five broken ribs and a pelvis that was smashed in eight places. ''The pain was unbelievable -- I was knocked senseless for a while,'' the 52-year-old said. The next 17 hours were hellish as Mr Booth managed to drag himself free of the bike and, through soaring pain, tried to crawl back towards the farmhouse 71/2km away. ''I was pretty desperate,'' the navy veteran said. ''I was thinking and talking to myself and my wife and kids. I wasn't going to let myself die there.'' By 7am he realised no one was going to come to his help without drastic action. Desperate, he lit a bushfire after checking the wind direction. ''It was do or die,'' he said. After more than two hours he finally heard the blessed noise of the CFA's fire trucks and, after another nail-biting hour's wait, he was finally spotted. But when the downforce of the rescue helicopter fanned the flames, more RFS and fire bomb- ing planes had to be called and it was 3pm before the fire was brought under control. Mr Booth was flown to Canberra hospital, where he was in inten- sive care for four days. He's now in Sydney's Mater Hospital, where he expects to spend the next two months. 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