Tue, 11 Jun, 2019
“I am so honoured”: Carrie Bickmore's special Queen's birthday award
Carrie Bickmore has joined the ranks of 993 other recipients who were honoured with the Order of Australia over the long weekend.
The journalist was awarded the prestigious title for her service to media, as well her dedication to raising awareness for brain cancer.
The Project host has used her immense influence for the greater good as through her foundation, Carries Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, she has helped shed light on the medical condition.
The three-time Logie winner also opted to wear a blue beanie as she accepted her Gold Logie award in 2015.
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I am so incredibly chuffed to have been awarded an Order of Australia medal today. When I did my Logies speech in 2015 I simply wanted to raise awareness about brain cancer and how devastating it is, I never imagined 4 years later our little foundation @carriesb4bc would have raised nearly 11.5 million dollars. That is all thanks to your incredible generosity. I feel so lucky to live in Australia and in awe of all the people who have been advocating in this space for a lot longer than I have. They deserve recognition today, as does my family and everyone who has had a part to play in supporting me along the way. This award reminds me of the beautiful people like Greg who we have lost and encourages me to keep pushing to find a cure. Thanks for all the lovely messages. ❤️Carrie Bickmore OAM. (Always wanted to some fancy letters next to my name 😊)
Speaking to Ten Daily about the achievement, Carrie said: "I am so honoured to have been awarded an Order of Australia. Having seen the inspiring Australians who have also received awards, I feel so humbled to be in their company. When I started my foundation, I simply wanted to raise awareness about brain cancer and the devastating impact it was having on families all around our great country".
She continued, "Now four years on thanks to the generosity of Australians we have raised nearly $11.5 million. Seeing the work that is being done with the money we have granted is so encouraging and the scientists and researchers who have been advocating in this space for many years are the ones who deserve recognition. I feel so incredibly lucky to have been born in a country like Australia and am a proud recipient of this award."
This year marks a record number of women having received the award, with 40 per cent of nominees being female.
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove released a statement congratulating the nominees for the prestigious award.
"Over the last five years, it has been the greatest honour and privilege to recognise and celebrate over 80,000 recipients through the Honours and Awards System.
“On behalf of all Australians, I congratulate today’s recipients. They have made an enormous contribution to their local communities and to the entire nation and deserve our thanks, admiration and to be celebrated.
“These awards are our opportunity to say to fellow Australians, ‘thank you – without you and your tireless service we wouldn’t be the community or nation that we are’," the Governor-General said.
Other notable recipients of this year's award included Hugh Jackman and Ita Buttrose.