November 25 2019

OzHelp named ACT Telstra Social Change Maker of the Year

OzHelp is honoured to have been a finalist alongside Australia’s most energised and exciting organisations at the 2019 Telstra Business Awards last week.

Telstra’s most coveted awards program received a record number of applications, with over 21,000 entries received. From those, just 32 national finalists made it through the rigorous judging process to stand together at the National event.

OzHelp CEO, Darren Black said that it was wonderful to see a for-purpose organisation, Dignity, take home the title of 2019 Telstra Australian Business of the Year.

Dignity, founded by Suzanne Hopman and Dr Michelle Mulvihill, is an organisation that supports people at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness by providing shelter, food, clothing, advocacy and education, to empower people to regain control of their lives.

“To be a finalist beside such an incredible organisation such as Dignity, and so many dedicated others is an honour for our team,” Mr Black said.

“This journey has provided OzHelp with a great platform to share why the work we do is crucial. It is important that workplace mental health and wellbeing is an area of focus, especially across industries where the willingness to seek help is low, but the risk of suicide is high.”

“Our hope is that by shining a light on suicide prevention we can encourage employers to take a pro-active approach in supporting their employees and their communities to stay healthy and to thrive.”

OzHelp would like to thank Telstra for the opportunity to share what is a very challenging issue in Australia and around the world. We would also like to congratulate the category winners and acknowledge the other wonderful finalists.

Category Winners

Modibodi Medium & Making Waves Award and People’s Choice Award
Water Tight Canberra Small & Succeeding Award
Sonder Emerging & Energised Award
Dignity Social Change Maker