National Celebration Day Awards Ceremony 2021

Residents, friends and visitors are invited to the Nambucca Valley Council’s National Celebration Day Awards Ceremony on Monday evening 25 January 2021 to acknowledge community and national spirit in NSW, where the nation comes together to reflect, respect and celebrate as we’re all part of the story.

The ceremony will be held at the Bowraville Central School, commencing at 7.00pm with welcome to Country, an address by the Australia Day Ambassador, Sophie Smith and the presentation of the National Celebration Day Awards as this is one way of celebrating and acknowledging the outstanding achievements and contributions made by members in our community. (Entrance via Cook Street)

The 2021 categories for the Awards are:

This event will be run in accordance with the applicable COVID-19 guidelines.

Please advise of your attendance to Lorraine Hemsworth on lorraine.hemsworth@nambucca.nsw.gov or 6568 0213.

National Celebration Ambassador

Sophie Smith is the Founder of the Running for Premature Babies Foundation, and author of the memoir ‘Sophie’s Boys’.

After losing all three of their triplet sons, Henry, Jasper & Evan, to complications relating to their premature birth, Sophie and her late husband Ash were determined to turn their own tragedy into a force for good. What began as an idea to run a half marathon and raise $20,000 for one lifesaving humidicrib for the hospital that cared for their babies, grew into what is now a registered charitable foundation providing lifesaving neonatal equipment and research to give premature babies a better chance of survival. The cause has so far inspired over 5000 people to run, and raised over $4 million, directly benefitting over 6000 premature babies and their families so far.

Sophie and Ash went on to have two more sons, Owen and Harvey, but tragically Ash passed away from brain cancer in 2016. Sophie continues to work to grow the Foundation they started together, to raise the profile of prematurity and to give premature babies the best possible chance of survival.

National Celebration Day Awards Program

Media Release - National Celebration Day Awards Ceremony 2021