Members of NSW’s GLBT community are being urged to nominate people and organisations whose work or achievements deserve to be recognised at NSW’s annual GLBT community awards.
Now in their fifth year, the Honour Awards are an annual gala fundraising event for ACON, NSW’s and Australia’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender health and HIV/AIDS organisation.
ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says the Honour Awards give people in the GLBT community a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to how people and organisations are making a difference in the lives of others.
“We all hear lots of wonderful and moving stories of how people from all walks of life are helping or inspiring others in our community and that’s what we want to celebrate through the Honour Awards,” Mr Parkhill says.
“So we’re inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the GLBT community or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the GLBT community.
“This year we’ve also teamed up again with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association, Sydney Star Observer, Foxtel and Merivale as well as new event partner 360 Management to make the Awards a really special occasion and we thank these organisations for their generosity and support.”
Nominations can be submitted in six categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour website (www.honourawards.com.au). There is also a range of gifts and prizes to be won.
This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy in Sydney on Thursday 29 September. Four finalists from each category will join a host of media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of fun and festivity.
Mr Parkhill says money raised from tickets sales and a silent auction on the night will help fund ACON’s vital work in the community. “While ACON gets a significant amount of government funding, the bulk of that money is dedicated to HIV-related service delivery,” he says. “Our broader work in relation to GLBT health and wellbeing – such as alcohol and other drugs, lesbian health, anti-violence, mental health, ageing, community care and advocacy – is financed by one off grants, fundraising activities and donations.
“To keep this important work going, we rely on the generosity of people and organisations in our community. By coming along to the Honour Awards, community members, their friends and associates can celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community and, at the same time, raise money to help ACON build our community’s health and wellbeing.”
WHAT: Honour 2010 – Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party
WHERE: Sun Room, The Ivy, 330 George St, Sydney
WHEN: Thursday 29 September 2011
TIME: 7pm – 11pm
COST: $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés and fabulous entertainment)