PRIDE OF AUSTRALIA 2016- NOMINATE A LOCAL LEGEND
Recognise a hero of your local community today
INCREDIBLE courage, overwhelming community spirit, inspirational teachers and compassionate carers — the Pride Of Australia Medal has it all.
The 2016 Pride Of Australia nomination period is now open and the awards are sure to unearth more ordinary Australians who are doing extraordinary things in our midst.
Presented by the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and NewsLocal, and supported by Clubs NSW, the Pride Of Australia Medal recognises unsung heroes.
Whether it be a neighbour down the street who has saved a life with a remarkable act of bravery, or emergency services personnel who put their lives in harm’s way every day to protect us all, or the teachers who go above and beyond to ensure the welfare of the students, Pride Of Australia rewards their contribution to society.
People such as blind Oakhurst teenager Connor McLeod who won a Pride of Australia medal last year for convincing the Reserve Bank to commission new tactile bank notes that could be identified by the visually impaired.
He began campaigning in 2012 when he was unable to recognise how much he had received as a Christmas gift.
Connor’s perseverance paid off last week when a new $5 bill was issued with a raised dot on the note. Eventually all bank notes will have a different number of dots according to their denomination.
“If I come across something that doesn’t sound right, I like to do something about it rather than just complain,” Connor said.
Early nominees for this year’s awards are surf lifesavers Jason O’Donnell and Scott Balfour. They braved 6m waves on the North Coast to pull a man from the surf.
This year, eight winners will be announced at a ceremony on December 1 and all will be part of a National Pride of Australia magazine to be published in January.
Winners are grinners, Connor McLeod with mum Ally.