Animal Heroes Honoured With International Awards

Thursday, 1 December, 2011

This week seven International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - Action Awards are being presented to Australians from around the country who have made an outstanding contribution to animal welfare. 

This international accolade recognises the unsung heroes who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to care for animals in our shared world. The winners were nominated for the awards by their peers, family and friends, for a wide range of work for animals. 

“In our line of work we are extremely lucky to come across extraordinary people whose passion for animal welfare drives them to do some pretty incredible things and today, on behalf of the animals, we want to say thank you,” said Isabel McCrea, IFAW Oceania Director

These awards are presented annually as part of IFAW’s Animal Action program, which takes place in 16 countries around the world.

Since 2002 IFAW has presented 42 awards to Australians including wildlife rescuers, vets, advertising creatives and young campaigners.  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.

“Scientists, school students, politicians, advertising executives, musicians, people who have corporate jobs to retired people, our animal heroes come from all walks of life. 

“IFAW wants to recognise that it’s not just the people doing hands on work with animals who make a difference, everyone has the ability to contribute. Raising awareness and helping to change attitudes and behaviours towards animal welfare is just as important.” Ms McCrea said.

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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

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Photos and video are available at

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