Australia Day Honours for Philanthropists
28 February 2005 at 12:02 pm
Almost 800 Australians from all walks of life have been included in this year’s Australia Day Honours List including many from the Not for Profit sector.
The list includes a range of community based awards for fundraisers, private philanthropists and business people.
Indigenous community workers, public servants, scientists and military and naval personnel are also honoured.
Former deputy Prime Minister and train buff Tim Fischer and former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett are among the seven people singled out for Australia’s highest honour, being appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.
Tim Fischer got the nod for his services to the Federal and New South Wales parliaments and other achievements including supporting humanitarian aid in developing countries.
Jeff Kennett has been honoured for services to the Victorian parliament and his post-politics work promoting awareness of depression and other mental health issues.
The Companion of the Order of Australia was also awarded to Lady (Mary) Fairfax AM OBE for service to the community of wide ranging social and economic benefit through support and philanthropy for ongoing medical research initiatives, improved health care opportunities, nurturing artistic talent in young performers, and preservation of diverse cultural heritage.
A Portuguese-born Darwin businessman whose contributions to charity have been inspired by the generosity of Australians has been named the 2005 Senior Australian of the Year.
Tony Milhinhos was nominated for his contribution to numerous community causes, including Autism NT, St John Ambulance, Dragons Abreast (dragon boating for breast cancer), Variety, Somerville Community Services, the Guide Dogs Association, and disaster relief campaigns like Farmhand Drought Relief Appeal and the CARE Australia tsunami appeal.
Mr Milhinhos’ latest fund-raising effort was to set up a collection point in his shopping centre for public donations to the CARE Australia tsunami appeal, pledging to match dollar-for-dollar all money donated up to $100,000. The community achieved this in 19 days. A few days ago he sent CARE cheques for $200,000 to cover his and the public’s donations.
Sydney philanthropist and former Kerry Packer executive, Daniel Petre was awarded an AO for service to business, particularly in information technology, and the community through his philanthropic support for medical research, the promotion of work/life balance and educational organisations.
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