REBECCA Gibney will be a star attraction at Tuesday’s Pride Of Australia National Medal Ceremony.
Gibney will present the 2011 People’s Choice National Medal — a public vote on Australia’s great unsung hero.
Gibney may not be unsung — she has a Gold Logie on her mantle — but she sure under- stands what it takes to overcome pain or disadvantage and to make a valuable contribution to society.
She coped with major traumas before making it as an actor and becoming a passionate supporter of causes.
For Gibney, winning a Logie was a triumph of the spirit for a shy, troubled girl who dreamed of acting but had to battle the odds to get there.
She dealt with debilitating anxiety attacks, a violent alcoholic father and her own emotional breakdown.
The Pride of Australia Medal is a News Limited community initiative. Australians are called on to nominate people from their community for engaging in selfless acts.
On Tuesday, at the National Medal Ceremony and Gala Dinner at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel, the national medal winners will be announced.
And for the first time, the Australian public has voted for the winner of the People’s Choice National Medal.
The recipient who received the most votes overall will receive the People’s Choice medal from Gibney and $10,000 cash from Duracell. Pride of Australia National Medal Ceremony, Sky News, Tuesday, 10pm