IFAW Recognises Our Annual Action Award Heroes

IFAW 2011 Animal Action Week Award winners with IFAW CEO Fred O'Regan.Last week, the International Fund for Animal Welfare presented seven Action Awards to Australians who have made an outstanding contribution to animal welfare. The recipients were nominated for the award by their peers, family and friends.

We are extremely lucky to meet extraordinary people whose passion for animal welfare drives them to do incredible things and on behalf of the animals, we want to thank you.

We present these awards each year as part of IFAW’s Animal Action program, which takes place in 16 countries. Since 2002, we have presented 42 awards to Australians for their selfless devotion to animals.

This year the recipients include a young TV presenter, a wildlife rescuer who saved animals during the Queensland floods last year, a teacher, a vet, two filmmakers and whale researchers.

IFAW wants to recognise that it’s not just the people doing hands-on work with animals who make a difference, everyone can contribute. Raising awareness and helping to change attitudes and behaviours towards animal welfare are just as important.

Winners of the 2011 IFAW Action Awards are:

  • Olivia Todd, Adelaide, SA -- IFAW Young Animal Welfare Campaigner Award
  • Dr Don Hudson, Nelson Bay, NSW -- IFAW Outstanding Contribution from a Vet Award
  • Marine Mammal Research, Jervis Bay, NSW -- IFAW Action Award for Animal Welfare and Conservation Research
  • Merilyn Thomas, Caboolture, QLD -- IFAW Action Award for Animal Welfare Education
  • Trish LeeHong, Toowoomba, QLD -- IFAW Action Award for Dedication to Wildlife Rescue
  • David Hannan and Lucy Trippett, Brisbane, QLD -- IFAW Action Award for Media and Public Awareness
  • Trish and Wally Franklin, Byron Bay, NSW -- IFAW Lifetime Dedication Award

-- IM

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