Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Senior Australian of the Year


2016 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Nerida Egan

State: Queensland

Drought relief supporter

When tough times hit in the 1990s, Nerida Egan and her husband Brian lost their family farm in southern Queensland. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, Brian spent a year in hospital while Nerida battled to raise their four daughters. When a psychologist told Brian to “find someone worse off than you are and see if you can help them”, the couple started a charity to provide practical help right to the farm gate. They called it Aussie Helpers and since then they have helped countless farming families, giving away thousands of tonnes of hay, groceries, gifts and almost a million dollars in drought aid. Working seven days a week, Nerida undertakes the charity’s administration, packs grocery hampers and pamper parcels in the warehouse or lends an ear to farming families doing it tough. Never having received a cent for the work of Aussie Helpers, Nerida has been rewarded by seeing the difference they make to the lives of many on a daily basis.

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