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someone today for a 2012 Pride of Australia medal.
Unsung heroes from across Australia were honoured at the 2011 Pride of Australia national medal ceremony on November 22 at a gala dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Cystic fibrosis sufferer Coen Ashton, 14, who travelled 2000km on the Murray River on a jet ski to raise awareness about organ donation, won the national Child of Courage medal and the inaugural Duracell People's Choice medal.
Coen was presented his award by Packed to the Rafters star Rebecca Gibney, one of the several high profile Australians who attended the ceremony to honour our nation's remarkable everyday heroes.
The finalists were profiled across News Limited's network of metropolitan, regional and community newspapers after they were nominated by friends, family and colleagues who believed that they deserved national recognition for their outstanding achievements.
Each winner was presented with a unique gold medal while Coen also won $10, 000 from People's Choice Medal sponsor Duracell.
Hosted by Rebecca and Jim Wilson the evening featured live performances from Kate Cebrano, Justice Crew and X Factor favourite Emmanuel Kelly.