Recognition today for everyday Queenslanders who are making extraordinary contributions to the community.

They’ve won Pride of Australia awards for being selfless, inspiring and courageous.

Maritza Munoz reports.


They’ve all done something to change or save lives, without ever asking for credit.

People like 74-year-old Graham Pampling who dedicates his time, and most of what he earns, teaching vision impaired children to touch type.

He’s been busking in Queen Street Mall for 25 years now – his main source of income after he lost his own sight.

Graham Pampling, Inspiration Medal nominee: “I enjoy helping and assisting other people to do something that I can do, so that they can learn.”

Winners of the heroism medal were the three men from the RACQ Capricorn Rescue 300 helicopter crew.

January floods saw them battle heavy rain, low fuel and a loss of engine power to save nine people in one day, including the rescue of a baby, which made global headlines.

Matthew Brandon, Heroism Medal winner: “It was just one of those jobs that you get the call, you do the planning, and you’ve done the training. And we went out there and did the best we could.”

The ten categories range from environment to community spirit, outstanding bravery from children to adults alike.

And still, none of these Queenslanders consider themselves a hero.

Graham Pampling, Inspiration Medal nominee: “I just consider myself a committed human being.”

Maritza Munoz, QUT News.