Dick Smith champions the annual Slim Dusty Awards
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Dick Smith champions the annual Slim Dusty Awards

Dick Smith champions the annual Slim Dusty Awards

Slim Dusty held integral values in life and epitomised Mateship.
Who in your community aspires to uphold such values?

Nominations have opened for the 2012 Dick Smith Slim Dusty Community Mateship and Youth Awards. The Slim Dusty Foundation is now calling for people from all around Australia to “Nominate a Mate!”.

Aussie Icon, Slim Dusty, lived by these life values…values of Fairness, Mateship, Family and Community along with Learning. The Slim Dusty Foundation along with Dick Smith are proud to celebrate these values with the annual Community Awards, developed to recognise and acknowledge worthy people within the community who represent these values and make a positive contribution to society.

Awards Partner, Dick Smith, says supporting the Mateship and Youth Awards is very important to him. “These awards represent everything Slim Dusty stood for. The values of these awards are an important part of any community’’ he said from his office today.

Joy McKean, lifelong partner of Slim Dusty and Chair of the Slim Dusty Foundation, echoed the significance of the Awards. “The Slim Dusty Community Mateship and Youth Awards are an important part of our celebrations of Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week. Recognition of someone in our community who is carrying on the great traditions of mateship, helping your neighbour and simply being a decent person, is a means of spreading the word about living the Australian way” said Joy.

Mr Vince Coulthard of Port Augusta, and last year’s winner of the Mateship Award spoke of his surprise and honour in receiving the highly valued Award, which was presented at the Slim Dusty Country Music Memories Week event held at the Kempsey Showgrounds. “Slim Dusty has influenced my life through his music and it was such an honour to receive an award that represents a man who I have idolised all my life. It was also amazing to stand on stage with Joy McKean and to meet the family. It was a very memorable event for me” said Vince.

His proposer, Gayle Mather, urged people to get involved by nominating a member of the community that is worthy of either the Mateship or Youth Award. “It is an easy process and I would recommend anyone to nominate someone they know for these prestigious awards. It was wonderful to attend the event and to see Vince receive the award. It is such a brilliant award and it really does epitomise Slim Dusty, the man that is Australia” said Gayle.

Be quick! Nominate a Mate today! Nominations can be accessed and submitted on line at www.slimdustycentre.com.au or you may telephone (02) 6562 6533 or Freecall 1800 18SLIM. Nominations close on Friday, the 5th of October, 2012 and can also be posted to the Slim Dusty Foundation, PO Box 70 Kempsey NSW 2440, or by email kathryn.yarnold@slimdustycentre.com.au