Search be­gins for our Pride

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE search is on for Aus­tralia’s un­sung he­roes with the launch of the Pride of Aus­tralia Medal for 2012 - and the Gazette needs your help to find them.

Now in its eight year, the Pride of Aus­tralia Medal hon­ours the achieve­ments of or­di­nary in­di­vid­u­als who do ex­tra­or­di­nary things.

All of us know some­one who de­serves recog­ni­tion.

It might be your work mate, a neigh­bour, your child’s teacher or a mem­ber of the emer­gency ser­vices - a spe­cial some­one who makes you proud be­cause they give so much to oth­ers and never ask for any­thing in re­turn.

Run by News Lim­ited in news­pa­pers across the coun­try, nom­i­na­tions are sought in 10 cat­e­gories - Out­stand­ing Brav­ery, Courage, Hero­ism, Com­mu­nity Spirit, Child of Courage, Young Leader, Care and Com­pas­sion, In­spi­ra­tion, En­vi­ron­ment and Fair Go.

Medal win­ners will be hon­oured in a state cer­e­mony and will be el­i­gi­ble to win the Gold Medal in their cat­e­gory at a na­tional cer­e­mony in Sydney on Oc­to­ber 27.

Port Dou­glas’s Les­ley Stephens was recog­nised as state fi­nal­ist in the Courage cat­e­gory in last year’s Pride of Aus­tralia awards which she de­scribes as one of the great­est mo­ments of her life.

Les­ley sur­vived an hor­rific sky­div­ing accident 16 years ago and en­dured dozens of op­er­a­tions over the next 13 years be­fore fi­nally be­ing able to get on her beloved bi­cy­cle again and start up the White Lion Char­ity Jun­gle Ride to Cape Tribu­la­tion.

“It was an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence and fan­tas­tic to think there was some­one out there in the com­mu­nity who thought that way,” Les­ley said.

“Be­ing at the state fi­nals gave me the big­gest high of my life, there were so many in­cred­i­ble sto­ries to be heard about oth­er­wise or­di­nary peo­ple.

“I’d en­cour­age any­one to nom­i­nate a per­son they think de­serves it.”

News Lim­ited chief ex­ec­u­tive Kim Williams said the awards bring to light won­der­ful sto­ries of Aus­tralians who do “self­less, brave and inspiring things for oth­ers”.

“They re­mind us once again of the truly heroic things our fel­low cit­i­zens do and reaf­firm pride in the good things that our coun­try and our peo­ple do each and ev­ery day,” he said.

To nom­i­nate some­one, visit www.pride­o­faus­ or pick one up from the Gazette of­fice in the Salt­wa­ter Build­ing, Grant St, Port Dou­glas. Nom­i­na­tions close at 5pm on July 3.

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