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Kelly Foran (pictured) of Glen Innes has been named one of four finalists for the REX Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award. Kelly founded charity Friendly Faces, Helping Hands following her own experiences of seeking treatment away from home. Now, she is positively impacting thousands of people across country NSW. We were lucky enough to have her speak at last year's Women's Council AGM. 

During her first pregnancy in 2011 and the first year of her newborn son’s life, Kelly found herself in and out of hospitals for lengthy stays and regular visits. It was the experience of a $75 haircut for her husband and much trial and error in the healthcare system that led to the Foundation's creation, ensuring that other regional families are well supported during difficult times.

The Foundation focuses on country families thrown into the turmoil of sudden, serious illness. The Friendly Faces Helping Hands Foundation is a gold mine of valuable information for those who need extra help during hospital stays. It can point out the best places for cheap parking near the hospital, the best place for quick dinners and where to go to buy essential items.

Kelly spoke of her own story at the Women's Council Annual General Meeting last year, detailing her own diagnosis of a brain tumour whilst simultaneously dealing with her son's relapsed cancer. We hope she can continue to share her inspiring story overcoming adversity as a state finalist of the Regional Woman of the Year Awards.

You can support Kelly and Friendly Faces, Helping Hands by attending an upcoming charity ball in Brisbane. For more details on the event or the services the Foundation provides, please visit the Friendly Faces, Helping Hands website.

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