Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Australia's Local Hero
Australia's Local Hero 2014
Children’s Charity Founder
Since establishing TLC for kids in 1998, Tim Conolan has assisted more than four million sick children and their families. After a fearless entry into the world of entrepreneurship at age 20, Tim was asked to attend a cancer support group camp as a motivational speaker. It was there that he met some seriously ill children who were to change the course of his life. Wanting to make a difference, Tim established TLC for kids with his long-term partner, Ana. With passion and an infectious positivity, Tim has spearheaded the charity’s remarkable growth. Tim was instrumental in developing the TLC’s national Distraction Box program which benefits more than half a million children every year in 400 Australian hospitals. Distraction Boxes include therapeutic toys and items used by healthcare professionals to guide children through frightening and painful procedures, with preliminary research suggesting the toys and items reduce procedure time and hospital waiting lists. Tim’s mission is to ensure every child in every hospital in Australia has the emotional and practical support they need.