Search begins for our Pride
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.prideofaustralia.com.au or pick one up from the Gazette office in the Saltwater Building, Grant St, Port Douglas. Nominations close at 5pm on July 3.