5 Australian Social Entrepreneurs Recognised by EY Entrepreneur of the Year

5 Australian social entrepreneurs were recently awarded for their social entrepreneurship initiatives by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program. The program is run annually across 50 different countries by the global professional services firm, Ernst and Young or EY, which is headed by businessman Chairman and CEO, Mark Weinberger.

In Australia, 5 social entrepreneurs were acknowledged for their social impact across 5 regions of Australia, including:

#1 – Nicholas Lee, The Jodi Lee Foundation

After the death of his wife from bowel cancer in 2010, Nicholas Lee left his role as the Director of a global consumer goods company to establish the Jodi Lee Foundation. The foundation promotes the prevention of bowel cancer, including motivating others to take the bowel cancer test and take positive health measures.

The Jodi Lee Foundation is headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia, but it runs programs all across Australia in order to raise funds and raise awareness of bowel cancer. In terms of measurable results, the foundation’s Corporate Bowel Screening Program has distributed over 2,000 screening kits.

#2 – Professor Stephen MacMahon, The George Institute for Global Health

The 2013 Eastern Regional social entrepreneur award was given to Stephen MacMahon who is the founder and Principal Director of The George Institute for Global Health. The Sydney-based Institute was set up in 1999 with a mission to find sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing health problems in the 21st century.

To date, The George Institute for Global Health has particularly focused on health issues such as serious injuries and related disabilities in areas that lack adequate resources, as well as the control of cardiovascular diseases.

#3 – Hetty Johnston, Bravehearts Inc.

From the Northern Region of Australia, social entrepreneur Hetty Johnston set up the non profit Bravehearts Inc to support and advocate for the rights of children affected by sexual assault. Hetty is a mother of 2 children herself, and she believes in the importance of keeping children safe.

Hetty has grown her organisation to 50 employees and more than 300 volunteers, with offices in New South Wales, Quensland, Tasmania and Victoria.

#4 – Allan Turner, Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation

Following the death of his daugther, Zaidee, Allan Turner established Zaideeā€™s Rainbow Foundation in 2004, and is the 2013 Southern Region social entrepreneur award recipient. The foundation raises awareness for transplants and promotes the donations of organs and tissues. Since its creation in 2004, Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation has helped with the 55% increase in the number of donors recorded in Australia.

Allan’s vision is to have Australia move up from its position at number 22 into the top 15 countries for organ donation.

#5 – Dr Fiona Wood AM, Fiona Wood Foundation

For the past 20 years, Dr Fiona Wood has been a burns surgeon and researcher in groundbreaking acute burn care and scar reconstruction. In 1999, she co-founded the McComb Foundation which is a foundation that helps advance the research and development of innovative technology and treatments for patients suffering for burn injuries or in need of help for reconstruction and other burns trauma.

In 2012, the McComb Foundation was renamed as the Fiona Wood Foundation in honour of Fiona’s dedication and inspirational work in the field of burns injury and treatments.

photo by: Reinis Traidas