10 YEARS OF PRIDE
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 firefighters who gave their all – and risked their lives – during the devastating Black Saturday fires; and inspired and moved by young Molly Wood, whose fighting spirit humbled us after she received horrific 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.