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Australians of the Year Head to Regional NSW & Sydney

8 June 2010

Professor Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year 2010, Maggie Beer, Senior Australian of the Year 2010 and Ronni Kahn, Australia’s Local Hero 2010 will visit schools and community organisations in Regional NSW and Western Sydney this week.

The visits are part of the Australian of the Year Awards Tour of Honour, which brings the recipients of the nation’s most respected awards into contact with school students and community members to share their inspiring stories.

The tour will see the award recipients visit schools in Dubbo, Mudgee and Orange, including a lunch with school captains and dignitaries and the opportunity to talk to remote school children via a connected classroom facility in Dubbo. 

The group will then head to Cabramatta and Macquarie Fields High School’s in Sydney’s Western Suburbs on Friday 11 June.

The school visits will be a particular highlight for Professor McGorry.

"Since being named Australian of the Year, a lot of my time has been spent advocating for mental health reform and speaking with people working in the area,” said Professor McGorry.

“I’m particularly excited about this tour because it will give me an opportunity to speak directly with young Australians.”

For Maggie Beer and Ronni Kahn, their common interest in food and great nutrition for everyone will be a message they will be keen to share. 

Beer, who is an Australian culinary icon, has been a keen advocate for promoting local produce.  Her passion is shared by Kahn, who has focused her efforts on rescuing “left-overs” from restaurants, cafes and events and delivering it to more than 163 charities across Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong. Together Kahn and Beer are a dynamic duo on the benefits of great food for all. 

The Tour of Honour takes place just two weeks before nominations open for the Australian of the Year Awards 2011. Nominations for all award categories can be made online at or via a nomination form, available from any branch of Major Sponsor the Commonwealth Bank from early July.


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