Nominations for the inaugural Australia for UNHCR – SBS Les Murray Award for Refugee Recognition are now open, with a view for the winner to be announced in April next year.
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27 Sep 2021 - 9:52 AM  UPDATED 27 Sep 2021 - 9:52 AM

Nominees for the award named after the late SBS legend will be sought from authors, artists, community leaders, sports people, filmmakers and journalists who came to Australia as refugees.

Murray, a former refugee who fled Hungary in 1956, became a household name as a football broadcaster in Australia, and David Hua of SBS was proud the award would honour his legacy.

“SBS is proud to be a partner in this special award that recognises the many ways refugees contribute to and enrich our society, and also honours the late, great Les Murray who is an SBS legend and who made such a positive impact on SBS and the audiences we serve,” said Hua, SBS Director of Audio and Language Content.

UNHCR Deputy Chair Kate Dundas will head the presentation of the award and will be joined by UNHCR Multi-Country Representative Adrian Edwards, Hua, and Ann Odong, a former Ugandan refugee who is the Digital Content Project Manager at Football Australia.

New Les Murray Award set to highlight refugee contributions
SBS has joined forces with Australia for UNHCR to honour refugee contributions in the arts, sports and media with the Les Murray award.

“This award recognises the talent, creativity and courage of refugees making an impact in arts, sports or media, helping to create a more inclusive and diverse Australia,” Dundas said.

“We know when we welcome and support refugees from around the world, their contribution to our community can have a hugely positive impact.

“I speak for the entire selection committee when I say we are so eager to learn about all the great accomplishments of refugees living in Australia and celebrate them through Les Murray’s legacy.”

Nominations for the award will close on January 31, with the subsequent winner to receive $10,000 and be invited to an award ceremony held on World Refugee Day in June 2022.

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Australia for UNHCR is the national partner of the UN Refugee Agency and aims to raise funds and public awareness to support several international humanitarian programs.