A tough journey inspires others

17-Sep-2012 BRIAN Dowd felt he had nothing to live for when he received a phone call from his mother that saved his life.

Not that he wanted saving because he was bankrupt, homeless, an alcoholic and was convinced he was going to jail at the age of 27.

Now the 38-year-old owns and operates the number one indigenous employment and development program in Australia, Break Thru People Solutions, which won him a national award.

The Deadlys are the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards.

Mr Dowd was recognised for outstanding achievement in employment.

"I was sitting on top of a garage ... ready to jump when my phone rang," Mr Dowd said.

"... it kept flashing up Mum, Mum, Mum and I answered it.

"She asked me if I was all right and I just broke down ... and I'm still here today."

Mr Dowd's healing process took about three years and in that time he developed a program to help troubled people regain control of their lives and get work.


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