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Pride of Australia Medal for Footys4All Founder

27th March 2017

Michael Gallus, founder of Footys4All has been awarded a ‘Pride of Australia’ Medal in recognition of his outstanding work in the community.

The Pride of Australia Medal is a News Corp national program to celebrate and recognise the local heroes who do more, who give back and who work hard to improve the lives of others. In 2017 the work by Michael and Footys4All has been recognised.

Penny Fowler, Community Ambassador with News Corp Australia, wrote the following in the inaugural Pride of Australia magazine, distributed in News Corp publications around Australia, including the Herald Sun in Victoria.

“Every year at News Corp Australia we recognise the stories of incredible Australians with our Pride of Australia medals. Those whose courageous, humbling and inspirational acts make our country a better place to live.

…Our winners are had working, honest, caring, brave and resourceful. They are passionate about helping family, friend, neighbours and even strangers. They make you feel you’re not alone, they pick you up when you are down, they save lives.

These are Australians making a real difference in their communities often against all odds. 

Congratulations to all our winners….”

Michael was typically modest about the recognition and insisted the Pride of Australia Medal was for everyone involved in Footys4All and has since been taking the medal around Australia to ensure the volunteers were photographed with the medal.

“Sport speaks to youth in a language they understand. It can create hope where once there was only despair”, Michael said about the successful program.

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