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CONTRIBUTOR: Horsham’s Tom Dunn, who has raised more than $100,000 for various charities through his philosophy of ‘advocacy through adventure’, has been nominated for a Leadership and Innovation Award at this year’s Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Two Wimmera groups and one individual from the region are among nominees for this year’s Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
Horsham’s Tom Dunn and groups Wimmera for a Drug Free World and CliffCare were nominated in different categories for the awards, which will be presented in October.
The awards recognise individuals, businesses and community groups that make significant contributions to their region.
Mr Dunn was nominated for a Leadership and Innovation Award for his advocacy and charity work.
At just 23 he has already raised more than $100,000 for various charities through his philosophy of ‘advocacy through adventure’.
Mr Dunn has kayaked 2200 kilometres down the Murray River, paddleboarded 3800 kilometres along the Murray-Darling river system, trekked unsupported to Mount Everest base camp and last year completed ‘Australia’s Longest Triathlon’ – a 4825-kilometre unpowered, unsupported cycle, run and kayak from Cape York to Wilsons Promontory.
Along the way he has raised money for the Aurora School, a preschool for deaf and blind children; Deaf Children Australia; 30 Million to None, a group focused on preventing human trafficking; and Melbourne Indigenous Transition School.
Mr Dunn was also a nominee at the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year Awards in May.
Nominated for a Community Group Award is Wimmera for a Drug Free World.
The group aims to educate Wimmera people about the effects of drugs and alcohol, with an aim of allowing them to choose a drug-free life.
The group works with teachers, students, parents, employers and the community.
Group leader Josephine Beats said she had been asked to help start a similar group in the Yarra Valley after the group’s success in the Wimmera.
CliffCare was nominated for a Senior Achievement Award.
The group was set up as an environment and access arm of the Victorian Climbing Club – a group that promotes the sport of rock climbing.
Natimuk’s Tracey Skinner served as Victorian Climbing Club’s CliffCare officer before resigning last month.
Nominator Michael Woods, also of Natimuk, said CliffCare had made access to rock climbing sites in the Grampians easier by performing track maintenance, allowing him and his friends, all aged in their seventies, to take part in the sport.
Mr Woods praised the group’s volunteer work in his nomination, noting it had also worked with Aboriginal groups to help protect rock art.
The Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards started in 2002 to encourage, acknowledge and reward the contributions of individuals, communities and businesses in regional and rural Victoria.
The awards will be presented on October 11, with the winner of each of the nine categories receiving either $2000 in an account in their name from Bank of Melbourne or an airtime package on PRIME7.
One of the nine category winners will be named Regional Achiever of the Year and receive an additional $2000 and a trophy.
Nominations close on July 3 and can be made by visiting website www.awardsaustralia.com/vicraca.

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