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Vale Jim Stynes OAM
The National Australia Day Council is saddened by the passing of youth supporter, AFL legend and finalist for Victoria’s Australian of the Year Award 2011, Jim Stynes OAM.
Jim Stynes came to sporting fame through the AFL 'Irish Experiment' when he was brought to Australia at age 18 to play AFL with no prior knowledge of the game. He went on to become one of the sport’s most celebrated players. His legacy continues well beyond his distinguished football career though. In 1994 he co-founded youth charity the Reach Foundation, supporting young people to fulfil their potential and dare to dream. Reach now works with over 58,000 young Australians every year and has made a positive impact on the lives of over half a million young Australians.
Despite his illness, Jim Stynes remained dedicated to his charity work and was a beacon of inspiration for the young people the Reach Foundation seeks to help, those battling cancer whom he interacted with and all those who admired his can-do attitude and philanthropic approach.
A true gentleman, Jim Stynes will be remembered as a man of integrity, commitment, courage and vision.
Our condolences go to his family and many friends.