BEN Turner-Dwyer knows the trauma that a serious traffic accident can cause.
Five years ago his left arm was severely injured when he was a passenger in a road crash in the Warrnambool area. The injury put him off work for 12 months.
That’s why he has strong empathy for Bryn Murfett, of Port Fairy, who has been left with no feeling from the waist down after a traffic accident in Thailand earlier this year.
Mr Turner-Dwyer, 25, is also a friend of Mr Murfett’s partner, Carley Hickman.
A real estate salesman with Ray White Warrnambool, Mr Turner-Dwyer has pledged the commission from his first sale in 2014, which he anticipates will be in the thousands of dollars, to the 4Bryn Appeal.
“My injuries were nothing compared to Bryn’s but I know what it is like to go through a difficult time and get well,” Mr Turner-Dwyer said. “I am lucky to be able to assist in any way that I can,” he said.
Mr Murfett is determined to walk again.
His family and friends have set up the 4Bryn Appeal to raise $100,000 for specialised equipment, house alterations and possibly stem cell treatment overseas.
Because the accident did not occur in Australia, many of the costs for his rehabilitation are not covered by the Transport Accident Commission.
People wishing to donate to the 4BRYN Appeal can do so at BSB 193 879, account number 421940199.