QBANK reveals winners of Everyday Heroes Awards

Winners of the 2019 QBANK Everyday Heroes Awards have today been announced at a ceremony in Brisbane.

The awards, now in their sixth year, recognise Queensland’s frontline and public service workers, as well as youth aged 17 years and under, who have gone above and beyond to help their community.

QBANK CEO Mike Currie said the winners across six categories including the Young Everyday Hero, were an excellent show of the everyday Queenslanders who are out there doing extraordinary things.

“Once again the nomination stories from this year’s Awards have blown us away. Our winners this year range from paramedics and police officers through to incredible young Surf Life Saving volunteers,” Mr Currie said.

“While our category winners come from a range of different backgrounds and public service organisations, they all share one common thread – a selfless commitment to their communities.

“Each year the QBANK Everyday Heroes Awards go from strength to strength and this year was no exception. I congratulate each and every one of our winners and nominees in the 2019 Awards on their amazing acts of bravery, kindness and dedication.”

The five category winners each receive a $1,000 cheque and $1,000 donated to a charity of their choice. The Young Everyday Heroes Award winner will receive a $500 bursary towards their training and development.

To view the full list of finalists and winners visit: www.qbank.com.au/everydayheroes


QBANK Everyday Heroes Awards winners for 2019:

Achievement - Christopher Hay, Queensland Police Service

Christopher Hay of Darling Downs has demonstrated exceptional achievement in his fundraising efforts for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. After donating part of his liver to his ill son, Senior Constable Hay challenged himself to travel 48 US state capitals in 48 days without the aid of public transport and raised over $27,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

Dedication - Kahla Mawby, Queensland Ambulance Service

Kahla Mawby of the Gold Coast displayed extraordinary dedication whilst holidaying in Indonesia when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devasted the country. Kahla took it upon herself to search for a way she could help flying to impacted areas by helicopter to provide medical aid to the injured.

Excellence - Mallory Hofmeier, Queensland Police Service

Mallory Hofmeier of North Queensland has been acknowledged for her excellence in saving a young female who was threatening to take her own life. Miss Hofmeier exhibited bravery and commitment when she communicated with the woman who had a hearing-impairment, convincing her to safely return into the care of support services.

Ownership - Garry Casey, Queensland Police Service

Garry Casey of Brisbane has been recognised for his tireless efforts in the development of the Mobile Policing Facility (MPF) – a dynamic resource that has enabled the Railway Squad to innovate and challenge how they respond to calls for service. Senior Constable Casey’s vision has leveraged the partnership between Queensland Police Railway Squad and Queensland Rail to improve community safety and policing presence across the rail network.

Working Together - Steve Whitfield and Michael Stuth, Queensland Ambulance Service

Steve Whitfield of the Gold Coast and Michael Stuth of Agnes Waters founded The Wild Medic Project to provide medical aid, resources and support to the devasted rural communities of Nepal following the 2015 earthquakes. Four years later, The Wild Medic Project has led over 18 medical expedition teams to Nepal to provides rural communities free primary health care and medical aid.

Young Everyday Heroes Award - Troy Ottaway, Surf Life Saving Queensland

Troy Ottaway of the Gold Coast has been recognised for his countless acts of bravery and dedication to the job, including saving the lives of over 30 people in his first season of surf life saving. Troy is a tireless volunteer and has been the first responder on scene to several incidents including a young girl who had sustained severe lacerations and a spinal injury and a surfer who had been bitten by a poisonous sea snake.

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