Aussie Homeloans founder, John Symond, has been awarded the 2013 Gold Harold Humanitarian at the sixth annual Gold Harold Awards, in Sydney, for his on-going philanthropic interest in children’s causes and charities.
An Aussie spokesperson explains that the Gold Harold awards are hosted by Life Education, the largest non-government provider of health education to children and young people in Australia.
“It recognises and honours unique individuals and organisations who have contributed in a meaningful way to the healthy development of Australia’s children. The organisation is best known for its classroom ‘educator’, ‘Healthy Harold’ the giraffe.”
Symond says he’s ‘humbled’ by the award.
“I…applaud the work of the tireless team at Life Education whose programs tie in perfectly with my philosophy that no child should be disadvantaged through no fault of their own,” he says.
“It was from this simple belief that I decided to focus a significant part of my philanthropic efforts on helping children. To be recognised for this work is an unexpected bonus.”
Past winners of the Humanitarian Award include Dick Smith, Susan Alberti, Jeanne Pratt and Harry Triguboff.
“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,” says Life Education chairman, Tony Hasham. “We are delighted to be able to recognise the long standing and exceptional commitment John has demonstrated in this regard.”