10 YEARS OF PRIDE

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By John Barker

NOW in its 10th year, the Pride of Aus­tralia Medal has recog­nised and cel­e­brated many or­di­nary peo­ple who have done ex­tra­or­di­nary things.

Over the years we’ve been in awe of Yorin Miller and John Ken­drick, the Vic­to­rian fi refi ghters who gave their all – and risked their lives – dur­ing the dev­as­tat­ing Black Satur­day fi res; and in­spired and moved by young Molly Wood, whose fi ght­ing spirit hum­bled us after she re­ceived hor­rifi c burns in a ter­ri­ble ac­ci­dent.

Noe­line Clamp – who is known as “Mum” to more than 500 refugees – made us re­mem­ber the value of the power of com­pas­sion; while Young Leader medal­lists such as Khadija Gbla – who helps African refugees to as­sim­i­late – gave us faith that our coun­try is in good hands.

Po­lice­men, nurses, foster par­ents, teach­ers, doc­tors, stu­dents and in­spir­ing cit­i­zens from across the coun­try have all shared their sto­ries – sto­ries that de­serve to be told.

More than 600 medals have been awarded over the past 10 years and another 10 peo­ple will step up to the podium to col­lect their medals on Satur­day in a cer­e­mony that will also see singers Kate Cere­brano and Dami Im per­form.

They’ll be joined by other celebri­ties and dig­ni­taries for this News Corp ini­tia­tive, but in this in­stance the stars will be happy to take a back seat and ap­plaud our lo­cal he­roes.

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