A MOTHER who spends her nights bringing medical aid to rough sleepers has been honoured with at The Hills Shire Council’s International Women’s Day awards.
Chris Cleary was named 2017 Hills Woman of the Year by Hills Shire Mayor Yvonne Keane before a huge crowd at a cocktail party at council on Wednesday, March 8.
She said the committed volunteer, who runs Street-Med Inc, was recognised as an inspirational woman who made an “outstanding contribution” to others.
Mrs Cleary founded Street-Med in August 2014 to provide street level mental health, First Aid and advocacy for the homeless and those at risk.
A First Aid instructor for 18 years, Mrs Cleary has been a State Emergency Service volunteer for over 22 years and with SES counselling service for 14 years. She also volunteers with SISTER2Sister program, mentoring young girls at risk, and Camp Magic for children who have lost a parent or sibling.
“On average we see a minimum of 50 people a week,” she said. “The majority are rough sleepers, we check their blood pressure, blood sugars and physical wellbeing and make referrals.”
She said working with “society’s most resilient people” was a reality check.
News Article by Bev Jordan of Hills Shire Times