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Do Good Award Winners and Finalists 2017

5 February 2018 |Community
Homeless man with hands cupped in front of him.

Do Good Award Winners and Finalists 2017

5 February 2018 |Community

There are so many people in our communities that Do Good every day and we're celebrating their extraordinary achievements.

Do Good Outstanding Achievement Award 2017

Sean and Genine Thornton were acknowledged for their extraordinary work in creating Anonymous X, a charity that is changing people’s lives and inspiring others to follow.

After selling his house and giving up his job, Sean along with his mother Genine spend countless hours alongside dedicated volunteers, processing thousands of items of used clothing and essential items for distribution to Melbourne’s homeless.

They provide practical support and form relationships offering comfort and support where they can. They also run a fortnightly outreach assistance program that helps the Anonymous X team engage with the broader community and encourage people to #makeadifference however possible. Take a look at their inspiring video.

Do Good Community Award 2017

Jacqui Bennett from Geelong has dedicated her life to supporting others. Among many other things, Jacqui founded Humans in Geelong, an organisation that celebrates the people in her community that are making a difference to the lives of others. Tired of all the bad news stories she focuses on the positive, from sustainability ideas to opportunities for others in her community. Geelong has rallied behind her too - from her 7,000 Facebook followers to the thousands that attended the Humans in Geelong Expo.

The benefit Jacqui’s delivering to her community has many layers and she along with a team of volunteers are making Geelong a more caring and connected community.

Finalists 2017

Mark Scarborough, a Gungahlin ACT local, was acknowledged for his work supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Dainere’s Rainbow Brain Tumour Research Fund and Mental Health Awareness. Mark believes the smallest of gestures often have the biggest impact.

Mark Butterfield from the Southern Highland in NSW, for his tireless work helping those less fortunate particularly those that slip through the cracks. His life has been spent helping people and it’s truly inspiring.

Ethel Lee, an 86-year-old dynamo, has been volunteering at the Mirinjani Nursing Home for 28 years. She believes that music has the power to fill people with joy and gets her energy and enthusiasm from the aged residents she entertains.

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