Gold Logie award-winning television and radio presenter Carrie Bickmore – who has raised more than $11.5 million for brain cancer research and welfare projects – has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at Curtin University’s 2019 Alumni Achievement Awards.
A Curtin graduate and much-loved broadcaster, Ms Bickmore was among 13 leading Curtin alumni – including an inspirational dance teacher, an innovator who has dedicated his career to developing technology that helps those most in need and an early childhood educator – recognised at the annual awards last night.
The awards recognise graduates who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and an exceptional standard of excellence in their field.
Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry congratulated all award recipients for their incredible achievements and significant contributions to society.
“The Alumni Achievement Awards acknowledge the very best of Curtin graduates who have enriched the lives of others through their dedication to making a better future for local, national and global communities,” Professor Terry said.
“Each of this year’s winners has had a positive and lasting impact and their successes are truly inspirational.
“As a co-host on Channel Ten’s The Project, host of Carrie and Tommy on radio and the founder of her charity Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer, Carrie Bickmore has made a profound difference to her industry and brain cancer research, making her a most deserving recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Perth midwife Mrs Sara David who has helped to improve health outcomes for women and children in rural Papua New Guinea and Dr Mariyam Shakeela who has led the way in diverse teaching, business and hospitality work in the Maldives were both honoured with a Global Impact Award.
The Community Service Award went to Mr Darryl Davenport, for sharing his love of dance with people living with physical and intellectual disabilities by teaching through his Ballroom Fit organisation.
The Young Achievement Award was presented to an emerging talent in local and international media, Rebecca Bignell, whose production company creates content with a uniquely Western Australian voice showcasing regional and rural communities.
The recipients of the Professional Achievement Awards were Mr David Gribble, who has been recognised for his outstanding commitment to keeping young people safe in WA, Dr Camilla Ming Lee Wong, who has been a leader in the pharmacy profession in Singapore, Mr Craig Muir, for his outstanding success as one of Australia’s leading commercial architects, and Professor Fredrik Benu for his contribution to the education of Indonesians in the province of East Nusa Tenggara.