Friday, 13 Apr 2018

Recognising passion – Gold Harold Awards Dinner 2018

Over 300 guests were welcomed by Life Education mascot, and Australian icon, Healthy Harold to the award ceremony – a night to acknowledge our supporters, sponsors and present the annual Gold Harold Awards.

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This event was particularly special as we had the opportunity to pay tribute to our outgoing chair, Tony Hasham AM. Being instrumental in the birth of Life Education and having served on the board for over 30 years, Tony’s passion is as clear as it is unwavering.

We have a tradition of honouring our special friends, on occasions such as this, with a very special Award – the Gold Harold 'Best Mate' Award.  There has never been a more worthy winner than Tony Hasham

Garry Browne, Life Education Chairperson

Passion was the recurring theme at the 2018 Gold Harold Awards Dinner with MC Melissa Doyle, recognising the role it plays in the work of Life Education – especially in remote areas.

Life Education works in many remote indigenous communities spread across Australia, in particular, the Top End.  This is amazing work, but as you could appreciate, it’s not without its hurdles.

Melissa Doyle

The ‘theme’ continued to develop over the night. With Gold Harold Awards presented to those showing particular passion for the well-being and inspiration of children in the fields of sports, education, health and media. And for his ongoing commitment to the Australian Community and generous support of Life Education, Grahame Mapp AM was awarded the prestigious Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Grahame’s personal commitment to the community has been extensive with his philanthropy extending across a range of charitable causes, particularly children’s organisations. This includes the valuable work of Life Education Australia

Tony Hassham AM



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