This year’s Gold Harold Dinner was certainly a night to remember. The night was a huge success where we honoured special individuals who have contributed to the healthy development of Australian’s children, as well as raised awareness, and generated much-needed for our work.
Each year we look forward to our Gold Harold Awards. This special event is our way of acknowledging some amazing Australians who make a difference, and truly support our mission of empowering our children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education.
Our evening started with Life Education’s Chairman Tony Hasham AM taking to the stage and setting the tone for what became a fantastic evening.
“We have honoured many prominent and unique Australians in the past seven years and tonight we have many more to present to you”
Some outstanding Australians have been recipients of past Awards such as Dick Smith, Ian Frazer, Antony Kidman, John Williamson, Jeanne Pratt, Harry Triguboff, Ray Martin, Ita Buttrose, Fiona Wood, John Symonds, Jimmy Little, Mel Doyle, John Mangos, Steve Waugh, Louise Sauvage, Michael Clarke, Layne Beachley and many more.
Our Chairman then welcomed to the stage, Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO, the Patron of the Gold Harold Awards. Professor Bashir gave a beautiful speech which reinforces the relevance of the work of Life Education, before presenting this year’s most prestigious award, The Gold Harold Humanitarian Award.
“The Humanitarian Award is considered to be the ultimate honour Life Education can confer on someone who has demonstrated a remarkable sense of social and community responsibility, with a particular focus on supporting and caring for Australia’s children”.
It was our great pleasure to recognise Harold Mitchell with the 2016 Gold Harold Humanitarian Award.
The Harold’s Best Mate Award was presented by our CEO, David Ballhausen, and of course Healthy Harold. This award was presented to a very special, long-standing supporter and friend of Life Education, Lyn Thurnham.
Lyn has played a pivotal role, for over 30 years, in growing and sustaining the work of Life Education in the Hunter region of NSW.
The Gold Harold Education was presented by Professor Tom Calma AO.
Tom, an elder of the Kungarakan people and a member of the Iwaidja Tribal Group, is a long-standing human rights and social justice campaigner and is leading the fight against tobacco use in indigenous communities.
The Gold Harold Education Award was presented to Dr. Chris Sarra for his long term commitment, his enduring passion and belief, and the significant contribution he has made in improving the education of Australia’s indigenous children.
The Gold Harold Media Award was presented by a National Ambassador of Life Education and media legend Ita Buttrose AO OBE.
Ita gave a beautiful introduction to our Media Award winner Lisa Wilkinson stating “this year she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to print and broadcast media as a journalist and presenter, and to a range of youth and women’s health groups”.
The Gold Harold Health Award was presented by Kathy and Ralph Kelly, loving parents of Thomas Kelly who died following an unprovoked attack in Sydney’s Kings Cross in July 2012.
Kathy Kelly gave a very moving speech citing the importance of Life Educations’ work in empowering our young children to make safer and healthier choices when faced with decisions around alcohol consumption.
The winner of our Gold Harold Health Award was Profession Gordian Fulde, the Director of Emergency at St Vincent’s Hospital and the current Senior Australian of the year. The Gold Harold Health Award provided us the opportunity to recognise and thank him for his outstanding work.
Our final award of the evening was our Gold Harold Entertainment award, presented by Australia’s biggest pop start of the mid-sixties, Normie Rowe. Normie presented this prestigious award to the all-male Australian pop music group, Justice Crew.
Justice Crew share a desire to reach out to people who come from low socioeconmic backgrounds or broken homes. They have taking an active role in promoting schoool anti-bullying initiatives. The Gold Harold Entertainment Award celebrates their extraordinary talent as well as their willingness to generoulsy share it for the benefit of others.
We finished the night with a sensational performance from Justice Crew and their hit Que Sera.
We thank our MC for the event and very loyal support of Life Education, John Mangos.