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Crusaders of Care

By Helen Doick

We love the recent campaign for NSW Ability Links, which is a government project that links people with disabilities and their families to carers in the community. These carers are in fact called ‘Linkers’. These incredible people are like “crusaders of care” embedded in our community, assisting and connecting with people that have the most difficulty in life.

Dean Golja captured some of these ‘linkers’ in their work as part of the campaign. Adrian ‘The Horse Whisperer’ from Moruya is one of these inspiring people who helps as a linker.

Here’s a transcript of what he had to say to Dean:

“I’m a cowboy who just loves horses and I’ve found different ways these animals can affect people.

This girl came to me on a first visit. She was six years old. She had a severe bout of depression. She was holding her mum’s hand while I was talking and I had my big horse Sovereign next to me. I asked the girl if she would just like to touch the horse on the nose and she burst into tears. She cried for a second or two, the horse picked up the vibe from the young girl; he took a step forward, lowered his head into her chest and snuggled in, causing her to pat the horse on top of the head. It was a beautiful moment…a transformation. I didn’t prompt the horse and didn’t even know it was going to do that.

After a little bit, she decided to walk around with the horse, her tears went away and joy just beamed from this little girl.

Her mother had sunglasses on and tears were streaming down her face from behind them.

I had to look away. It was a beautiful moment and I’ll never forget it, as long as I live”.
(transcript from Images United)

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