I'm Incredibly Lucky To Be Alive

I'm Incredibly Lucky To Be Alive

When Jofe Graham-Jenkins hadn’t arrived home by 7.40pm on September 6 last year, his wife Lorna knew something was wrong.

The 51-year-old was always incredibly punctual and courteous if he was going to be late home from work. It wasn’t until two-and-a-half hours later that her worst fears were realised. Jofe had been involved in a very serious motor vehicle accident near Moranbah and was now fighting for life in Townsville hospital.

Honouring A Son’s Legacy

Honouring A Son’s Legacy

Even after his death following a tragic accident last year, Jake Gibbons is still helping others.

The 31-year-old had his organs donated to five people after he fell and was critically injured while abseiling with a friend at The Leap, near Mackay on October 2.

A keen hiker, computer whiz and budding historian, Jake is remembered by his proud parents Tania and Kevin Gibbons as a passionate gentle giant who loved a laugh.

The Only Way Out Was Up

The Only Way Out Was Up

It was meant to be an enjoyable afternoon walk to the top of one of Mackay’s most famous landmarks on September 2 last year.

But after ascending the rough, dirt track with three walking companions and admiring the extraordinary view at the top of The Leap, about 20km north-west of Mackay, things took a turn for the worse for schoolteacher Helen Taylor.

Survivor Defies The Odds

Survivor Defies The Odds

At the precipice of becoming a teenager, it can be a challenging time for any 12-year-old girl as they learn to handle new emotions but Hannah Papps displays determination, resilience and strength well beyond her young years.

On September 20 last year, the Victorian school girl was sailing on a chartered yacht in the Whitsundays with her father, two older brothers and other family members who were visiting from New Zealand when she was bitten by a shark.

A Vital Service To Mine Workers

A Vital Service To Mine Workers

Working in the mining sector obviously comes with risks. Workplace health and safety has improved immensely but the risk is still considered high compared to other jobs.

This proved true for 24-year-old Cori Lee-Brown, who was driving a dump truck on a mine site near Collinsville on May 27 last year when she was injured in a freak accident.

Never Take Health For Granted

Never Take Health For Granted

A heart attack at work in October last year has taught Alan Dukes an important lesson - to never take things for granted. Not your health or a rescue helicopter service that can potentially save your life.

The 56-year-old fitter never expected he’d suffer a heart attack, let alone one at work. On October 15 last year, Alan was at work at Broadmeadow Mine, near Moranbah, loading and carrying conveyor rollers up steps and ramps. He began experiencing breathlessness and some chest pain.