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Tour of Honour - Upper Spencer Gulf Region

 

The Tour of Honour brought our incredible Australian of the Year Awards recipients to the regions on the 11 and 12 November 2021. It was an honour to be in the presence of the Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla communities and we can't thank you enough for your warm hospitality and engagement.

 

These free public forums enabled young people, educators, parents and the wider community to engage with Dr James Muecke AM, Tanya Hosch and Isobel Marshall.

 

With special thanks to Port Pirie Regional Council, Port Augusta City Council and Whyalla City Council.

We are proud to align with presenting partner Elders, supporting partners Marshall & Brougham and MGA Insurance, travelling and touring partners Sundrop Farms and Des's Minibus and media partner ABC North and West SA.

We thank our strategic funding partners the SA Government, National Australia Day Council and City of Adelaide. Without these partnerships our events would not be possible.

 

 

 

 

Dr James Muecke AM - Australian of the Year 2020
Eye surgeon and blindness prevention pioneer

Since starting his medical career in Kenya, 56-year-old Dr James Muecke AM has been passionate about fighting blindness. His focus now is the leading cause of blindness in adults – type 2 diabetes – a spiralling epidemic that's impacting nearly one-in-ten Australians. It's the fastest growing cause of vision loss in Aboriginal people and the sixth-biggest killer in this country. James wants to challenge our perception of sugar and the impact it has in the development of type 2 diabetes.

Previously, James co-founded Vision Myanmar at the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology in 2000. The $1 million program has developed and operated eye health and blindness initiatives in Myanmar. Inspired by this program's success, James also co-founded Sight For All, a social impact organisation aiming to create a world where everyone can see. With 80% of world blindness avoidable –and almost 90% in poor countries –James treats blindness as a human rights issue.

 

Tanya Hosch - SA State Recipient Australian of the Year 2021
Leader, Changemaker and Visionary

Tanya Hosch is the first Indigenous person and second woman appointed to the AFL executive. She has held leadership roles in sport, the arts, culture, social justice and public policy.

One of the pre-eminent Indigenous leaders pursuing constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Nations people, Tanya’s principled leadership is transforming the AFL – advancing women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, gender-diverse Australians and the entire community.

Tanya championed the first Indigenous player statue of Nicky Winmar and instigated a review of anti-vilification policy within the code. She helped secure an apology for Adam Goodes from the AFL and delivered a new industry framework to help prevent racist treatment of players.

Tanya also helped found advocacy organisation The Indigenous Players Alliance. She drove a new respect and responsibility policy enabling women to seek redress for unacceptable behaviour, and a world-first gender diversity policy for a contact sport. In 2020, she drove a hugely successful social media campaign aimed at informing and protecting Indigenous communities from COVID-19.

 

Isobel Marshall - Young Australian of the Year 2021
Social Entrepreneur

At just 18 years of age, Isobel Marshall co-founded TABOO with school friend Eloise Hall, to help women around the world by breaking down stigma around menstruation and providing greater access to hygiene products.

Isobel and business partner Eloise, crowdfunded $56,000 to launch their range of products in August 2019. TABOO sells high quality, ethically sourced, organic cotton pads and tampons to an Australian market, with 100 per cent of net profits going to One Girls – a charity providing education programs for girls and women in Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Locally, Isobel and TABOO have partnered with Vinnies Women’s Crisis centre, providing free access to pads and tampons for women who require emergency accommodation in South Australia. Recognising period poverty is not just a big city issue, they also support the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council.

Isobel is also a full-time student at the University of Adelaide, where she is studying a Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) and a Bachelor of Surgery.

 

Professor Richard Bruggemann - SA State Recipient Senior Australian of the Year 2021
Disability Advocate

At 76 years old, Professor Richard Bruggemann is continuing to make a difference to the lives of people living with an intellectual disability.

Throughout his career, he has provided expert advice to governments on disability services, legislation, inclusion and rights.

He is a dedicated volunteer, has sat on more than 20 non-government boards and committees, and is a prolific writer on topics of concern for the disability community.

In 2020 he was called on by the South Australian Government to join the special taskforce investigating the tragic death of cerebral palsy sufferer, Ann Marie Smith.

Richard was also appointed to a new government role to assess the temporary orders to protect people living with a cognitive or mental impairment from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. His ongoing leadership has helped create a community service system that helps people with intellectual disability and their families enjoy a better quality of life.

 

We take this opportunity to deeply thank you for your involvement at our events. We are a not for profit organisation and your support enables us to deliver a program of activities to our communities across South Australia.

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