Winners

The winners of the inaugural Do Gooder awards were announced at the closing ceremony of the  FWD + Organise 2017 conference

The finalists were all exceptional and we congratulate everyone for being truly inspiring do-gooders! 

 

Australian Progress Impact Award

In May 2017, the Boomerang Alliance identified a once in a lifetime opportunity to ban single-use lightweight plastic bags in the three remaining states: NSW, Victoria and WA. The campaign was aiming to build momentum and increase pressure before the Meeting of Environment Ministers. They crowdfunded $25,923 used to coordinate and support the work of 60 community groups across Australia - lobby decision makers, flood their social media accounts, organise stalls and rallies, visit electorate offices, write letters to editors, and keep this issue in the media spotlight. They also Do Gooder campaign, ran a successful twitter storm (11,406,625 impressions), used Thunderclap on World Oceans Day to reach out to 941,681 people and send SMS to over 5,000 supporters asking them to ring electorate offices. The Environment Ministers failed to agree on a national ban but these actions led to Woolworths, Coles, Harris Farm and IGA announcing they were going to voluntarily ban lightweight bags in 2018. Since then WA and Vic Premiers have also announced they will ban plastic bags. www.boomerangalliance.org.au

In May 2017, the Boomerang Alliance identified a once in a lifetime opportunity to ban single-use lightweight plastic bags in the three remaining states: NSW, Victoria and WA. The campaign was aiming to build momentum and increase pressure before the Meeting of Environment Ministers. They crowdfunded $25,923 used to coordinate and support the work of 60 community groups across Australia - lobby decision makers, flood their social media accounts, organise stalls and rallies, visit electorate offices, write letters to editors, and keep this issue in the media spotlight. They also Do Gooder campaign, ran a successful twitter storm (11,406,625 impressions), used Thunderclap on World Oceans Day to reach out to 941,681 people and send SMS to over 5,000 supporters asking them to ring electorate offices.

The Environment Ministers failed to agree on a national ban but these actions led to Woolworths, Coles, Harris Farm and IGA announcing they were going to voluntarily ban lightweight bags in 2018. Since then WA and Vic Premiers have also announced they will ban plastic bags.

www.boomerangalliance.org.au

#Ban the Bag - Boomerang Alliance

 

 

Do-gooder of the Year

Paige Burton

Paige Burton is the 2017 Youth Representative to the UN. She is passionate about the role young people can play in international affairs, and educating their peers. Paige started volunteering with UN Youth NSW in 2012 and was elected to the Board of UN Youth Australia 2014, serving as the Chair of the Board in 2016. In 2014, Paige began working at the Centre for Australian Progress. In 2015 and 2016, Paige was named Pro Bono Australia’s youngest ever recipient of the ‘Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector’ award. In 2017, Paige was also a finalist for the NSW Young Woman of The Year award. www.linkedin.com/in/paigemburton/

Paige Burton is the 2017 Youth Representative to the UN. She is passionate about the role young people can play in international affairs, and educating their peers. Paige started volunteering with UN Youth NSW in 2012 and was elected to the Board of UN Youth Australia 2014, serving as the Chair of the Board in 2016. In 2014, Paige began working at the Centre for Australian Progress. In 2015 and 2016, Paige was named Pro Bono Australia’s youngest ever recipient of the ‘Impact 25: The 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector’ award. In 2017, Paige was also a finalist for the NSW Young Woman of The Year award.

www.linkedin.com/in/paigemburton/

 

 

Best Community Powered Campaign

Long promised, but nothing delivered and the Sydney Harbour Bridge remained inaccessible to people who can't use stairs! The Physical Disability Council of NSW mobilised it's member base to lobby through multiple channels, ministerial meetings, social and mainstream media were all deployed, culminating in a mass rally at the steps of the Harbour Bridge, no mean feat for folks who struggle with Sydney's poor accessibility standards Accessible public transport is very limited, doesn't always work and is not overly reliable, private transport cost prohibitive and very restrictive with regards to availability. But none the less a gathering was planned at the steps at iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, people began to register and pressure started to mount. And in fab news just before the planned rally - the government recommitted it's funding and announced dates for restarting this long awaited piece of infrastructure. They rallied anyway - memes changed from protest rally to victory rally and the group made their presence felt publically - showing that they would continue to fight until access became a reality. https://www.facebook.com/PDCNSW http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-25/sydney-harbour-bridge-lift-access-not-funded-by-government/8739250

Long promised, but nothing delivered and the Sydney Harbour Bridge remained inaccessible to people who can't use stairs! The Physical Disability Council of NSW mobilised it's member base to lobby through multiple channels, ministerial meetings, social and mainstream media were all deployed, culminating in a mass rally at the steps of the Harbour Bridge, no mean feat for folks who struggle with Sydney's poor accessibility standards

Accessible public transport is very limited, doesn't always work and is not overly reliable, private transport cost prohibitive and very restrictive with regards to availability. But none the less a gathering was planned at the steps at iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, people began to register and pressure started to mount. And in fab news just before the planned rally - the government recommitted it's funding and announced dates for restarting this long awaited piece of infrastructure.

They rallied anyway - memes changed from protest rally to victory rally and the group made their presence felt publically - showing that they would continue to fight until access became a reality.

https://www.facebook.com/PDCNSW
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-25/sydney-harbour-bridge-lift-access-not-funded-by-government/8739250

#Physical Disability Council NSW

 

 

Best use of Digital

GetUp! for their Marriage Equality Calling Tool

A custom built tool allowed volunteers at home to throw calling parties around the country. They were invited by their thousands via email, at events and by text and phone to call their fellow citizens and get them to post their YES vote. Volunteers made almost a million calls!

A custom built tool allowed volunteers at home to throw calling parties around the country. They were invited by their thousands via email, at events and by text and phone to call their fellow citizens and get them to post their YES vote.

Volunteers made almost a million calls!