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The Governor today virtually hosted the Royal Humane Society Bravery Awards, where she addressed award recipients and guests and presided over the presentation of Awards to courageous Victorians.

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The Governor today virtually hosted the Royal Humane Society Bravery Awards, where she addressed award recipients and guests and presided over the presentation of Awards to courageous Victorians.

The Royal Humane society has - since its inception in the late 1800s – taken pride in being a non-political and non-sectarian organisation, and the awards seek to honour those who risk their own lives to save or to attempt to save the lives of others.  The awards have historically been held at Government House, and are presented by the Governor, however in 2020 the awards are being presented virtually.

In addressing recipients and guests, and thanking the recipients for their acts of bravery, the Governor said, “These awards continue to recognise those who risk their own lives in saving or attempting to save the lives of others. They continue to highlight those who have demonstrated outstanding bravery and selflessness. You are those people. You have shown your bravery and selflessness in different ways. In water, on land, in fire, accidents and in incidents of violence or self-harm.”

Among those being recognised were 7 year old Cooper Sampson, who assisted friends having trouble swimming, and who fetched help when the children’s mother also encountered difficulty, attempting to save her life.  Mr Mohammed Al Zaidy and Mr Yousef Tawk were also honoured for attempting to save the life of a driver whose vehicle had been involved in a serious car accident, and Mr Luke Chilcott, who saved the lives of six children fleeing a dangerous incident of family violence, attempting to save a mother’s life.  Mrs Emily Bartley was honoured posthumously for rendering assistance to the victims of a traffic accident, an act of kindness that tragically cost her her own life.

To learn more about the Royal Humane Society, and the annual presentation of the Bravery Awards, visit their website.