BRIGHTON Council held its annual Volunteers and Australia Day Awards Civic Reception on January 25 with the reception at the Brighton Civic Centre attended by well over 120 invited guests.
Mayor Tony Foster addressed those in attendance with his Australia Day message before introducing the Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador.
This year’s Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador was Ken Morgan.
Ken is a three-time Victorian finalist for Australian of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year – 2000 (Humanitarian Foundation), 2001 Centenary Medal and founder of Kids Under Cover Australia. Retired motor industry dealer principal Ken Morgan has gone from giving cars away on Saturday night television to giving hope to hundreds of children in need. Ken is founding patron of Kids Under Cover Australia, a not-for-profit organisation he founded in 1989.
The organisation builds houses and bungalows to accommodate children, many of whom are wards of the state, under the supervised care of various welfare agencies. These children are victims, mostly of severe physical or sexual abuse, in urgent need of a roof over their heads.
Ken’s Australia Day message was on ‘What Australia Day means to him’. Mr Morgan was later presented with the Australia Day Ambassador pin from Woolworths.
Cr Foster announced the winners of the Australia Day Awards with Ken Morgan handing the recipients their Awards. This year’s winners were:
- Community event of year – ‘Dining with Friends’ (St Vincent de Paul).
- Volunteer of the year – Kerry Wilks.
- Young citizen of the year – Damian Williams.
- Citizen of the year – Kath Burns (St John Ambulance).