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Executive Chairman and Founder of Aussie, John Symond was last night honoured with the 2013 Gold Harold Humanitarian Award, at the sixth annual Gold Harold Awards, for his ongoing philanthropic interest in children’s causes and charities.

Held in Sydney, The Gold Harold awards are hosted by Life Education, the largest non-government provider of health education to children and young people, Australia wide. It recognises and honours unique individuals and organisations who have contributed in a meaningful way to the healthy development of Australia’s children. The organisation is best known for its classroom “educator”, Healthy Harold the giraffe.

“I am humbled and honoured to receive a Gold Harold award, and applaud the work of the tireless team at Life Education whose programs tie in perfectly with my philosophy that no child should be disadvantaged through no fault of their own,” says John Symond of the award.

“It was from this simple belief that I decided to focus a significant part of my philanthropic efforts on helping children. To be recognised for this work, is an unexpected bonus,” he continues.

Past winners of the Humanitarian Award include Dick Smith, Susan Alberti, Jeanne Pratt and Harry Triguboff.

In announcing this award the Chairman of Life Education, Mr Tony Hasham, commented “The Humanitarian Award is considered to be the ultimate honour Life Education can confer on someone who has demonstrated a remarkable sense of social and community responsibility, with a particular focus on supporting and caring for Australia’s children. We are delighted to be able to recognise the long standing and exceptional commitment John has demonstrated in this regard.”

The award was sponsored by the Mapp Family, a long term supporter of Life Education. Mr Grahame Mapp presented the award to John. Other awards were presented by Life Education in a variety of categories including Media, Sport, Health & Medicine, Education, and Entertainment.