The former chairman of Wishlist was recently awarded the prestigious Order of Australia Medal – the nation’s highest level of recognition – as part of the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.
Mike’s efforts fundraising for the local health service are matched only by his passion for his community. Mike Kelly is a true local hero that has devoted more than 20 years to enhancing the health service across the Coast.
Most notably, Mike was the founder of Wishlist from 1998 to 2017. By 1996, under Mike’s guidance, foundation raised $1.7millllion dollars to establish a multi-disciplinary cancer care centre in Nambour.
During Mike’s 20 years at the helm, the foundation raised and directed more than $17 million to vital health equipment, services and projects that so many local families have benefited from, including three The House The Coast Built projects and the Reed Charity House in Nambour.
While devoting himself passionately to the work of Wishlist, Mike also spent countless hours at the Motocross Track at Coolum. Mike was the driving force behind the establishment of the track and worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of riders, and maintain the facilities.
Surprised by the acknowledgement, Mike said he felt humbled to receive such a prestigious award for what he considers to be a privilege.
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to make a difference in my community, through my work with Wishlist and in motocross.
“I would encourage everyone to invest in the power of volunteering, as the rewards are both priceless to our world, but also to the individual giving” said Mike.