Australian of the Year Finalist 2012 Kay Danes
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh congratulates Kay on being named a finalist in the Australian of the Year 2012.
One of the celebrated women featured in the best seller book Women's Words of Wisdom, Power & Passion, the amazing Kay Danes has been named as a Queensland finalist in the 2012 Australian of the Year Awards. this incredible woman who has gone from hostage to humanitarian has won respect and support from around the world for her incredible efforts for support those in need.
Kay dedicates her life now as a volunteer humanitarian who has spent many years working in Australia and overseas raising awareness and understanding of human rights and social justice. Kay says it has been an incredible journey to be nominated and then selected as a finalist for the 2012 award and to share it with so many amazing people has been aw-inspiring.
"I am truly honoured to have been nominated alongside the likes of Cadel Evans and Daniel Morcombe's parents for this award and when they announced the Morcombe's as the winner I was so thrilled for them as they are such inspirations to Australians everywhere."
When you read about Kay became a national hero and humanitarian, it is sure to send chills down your spine ... While working for a security company in Laos 11 years ago, Kay and her husband were unlawfully detained over a dispute between one of their clients and the Laotian Government. The couple endured almost a year in a Laos prison where they were interrogated, tortured and their human rights violated before diplomatic efforts secured their release. In the decade since her ordeal, Kay has been a volunteer consultant to the National Human Rights Commission of Australia, the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties and the Secretary to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. She has also promoted cross-cultural initiatives to help solve health and crime problems in troubled communities. In 2008, Kay was appointed as the Australian liaison officer for the American charity The Childlight Foundation for Afghan Children. In 2010 she was appointed an Ambassador for the Peace for the Children charity, which helps victims of war. Kay is a member of her local Rotary Club and an esteemed member of the Australian defence community, having served on various committees providing welfare, support and other services to defence force units and their families.
"I am truly honoured to have been nominated alongside the likes of Cadel Evans and Daniel Morcombe's parents for this award ..."