Neighbour Day founder Andrew Heslop is one of several early nominees for this year’s Honour Awards.

Nominations opened last week and Heslop has been nominated for promoting safe, tolerant and sustainable communities as the founder of Neighbour Day, and for his advocacy for the equal recognition of same-sex couples.

Now in their fifth year andsponsored by the Star Observer, the Honour Awards are an annual gala fundraising event for ACON in the form of an awards ceremony and cocktail party.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill welcomed Heslop’s nomination and hoped to see him joined by many others before the deadline for nominations closes at the end of August.

“I encourage people to think about the people and organisations who inspire them and then nominate them for an award,” he said.

Nominations can be submitted in six categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors via www.honourAwards.com.au, with a range of gifts and prizes to be won.

Money from tickets sales and a silent auction will help fund ACON’s broader work in areas including alcohol and other drugs, lesbian health, anti-violence, mental health, ageing, community care and advocacy.

Tickets are $85 and include wines, beers, canapés and entertainment and are available through HonourAwards.com.au

“By coming along to the Honour Awards, community members, their friends and associates can celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community and, at the same time, raise money to help ACON build our community’s health and wellbeing.”

INFO: 2011 Honour Awards are on Thursday, September 29 at the The Ivy from 7pm.

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