Congratulations to the Open Awards Winners of 2019

As part of oOh!Pen Season, we launched The Open Awards, a new awards series to get out in the open all of the great work that individuals in the media and marketing industry do to help charitable organisations in public spaces.

We gave away

  • Four awards
  • $1 million in media
  • A trip to Daydream Island


The awards were open in four categories:

The Performance Award

This recognises the athletes in the room, those who like to sweat whilst they make a positive difference


The Engagement Award

This recognises the volunteers in the room, those who sacrifice their own time to help others


The Impact Award

This recognises the people who care about sustainability, whether that be our planet or some of the creatures great and small who cannot speak for themselves


The Palme D’orange

All nominees across all categories would be made eligible, recognising the most outstanding entry across all categories.


Congratulations to our winners:

Paul Tadich | Performance Award Winner

Paul Tadich, participated and helped organise the Type 1 challenge. A 1,100km bike ride around Victoria raising money for a charity very close to his heart – the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Since his daughter Paige was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes five years ago, Paul has participated in the Type 1 challenge for the past three years and is an active member of the state leadership group of JDRF.

“I am committed to helping researcher’s find a cure so that Paige and other children like her can have a long and healthy life. This generous prize from oOh! will contribute greatly to raising awareness of what the organisation is doing and the funding that we need,” said Paul.


Suzanne Neate | Engagement Award Winner

Suzanne began the organisation after losing her mum Teresa in 2016 to a rare form of thyroid cancer. Since founding The Aftershock, Suzanne has organised a number of charity events, including ‘Teresa’s Trotter’s – a 6km walk around The Tan in Melbourne, ‘Tidy’s Tour’ – a cycle event in Melbourne and other exhibition events.

“There is a proven correlation between cancer funding and survival rates. Receiving such generous funding as part of this award from oOh! will give us extraordinary channels to raise awareness, and more opportunity for funding, bringing us one step closer to defeating these rare types of cancers,” said Suzanne.


Charlotte Berry | Impact Award Winner

Charlotte’s work in the sustainability space includes launching Coca Cola’s first sustainability campaign raising awareness of bottles being made out of 100% recycled plastic, pioneering Queensland’s Container Deposit Scheme and counselling a national recycling campaign for the Australian Government to educate Australians on what and how to recycle.

“My mission is to be the sustainability champion wherever I work – as an educator, counsel and strategist. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most iconic brands to spread the sustainability message across oOh!’s network.”

Rachael Wilmot | Palme D’Orange Winner

Rachael spends countless hours volunteering for Cystic Fibrosis Community Care, the peak community not for profit supporting those living with cystic fibrosis. Rachael and her husband are both carriers of the recessive cystic fibrosis gene, and in October 2017, their daughter Hope was born with Cystic Fibrosis.

Rachael supports the organisation across a variety of different volunteer programs, with the majority of her time spent leading the Cystic Fibrosis Community Care’s major fundraising annual gala ball event – ‘A Night for CF’.

“CF doesn’t receive the attention or levels of funding that other big charities do, so we’re so thrilled to win this major award to raise much needed awareness about CF to ultimately provide more support for the CF community,” she said.


Who were our judges?

We’re put together a talented group of judges that are all known for their desire to help others.

David Scribner is oOh!’s Chief Customer Officer. He regularly mentors students at the University of Sydney, along with up and coming marketing professionals at The Marketing Academy. This year he was our representative for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Karni Maizels is a Business Manager in our Melbourne office. She’s also Pink Hope’s volunteer of the year. 

Tim Murphy has spent the past 13 years at oOh! and is our National Sales Director. He also spends time volunteering with nGen, an organisation focused on empowering and inspiring the next generation of media leaders.

Grace Favelle is an incredibly poised and powerful 20-year-old, studying at university and pursuing her dream of working in the media. You would never know that she is also a cancer survivor, who battled acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was just 5 years old. Now, thanks both to surviving her life-threatening illness, and childhood wish experience, she is determined to spread messages of hope and support to other families and kids like her.

Sam Hollier-James is our oOh! Integrated Campaign Director. She’s also the Co-Founder of Tour de Cure, and has been working tirelessly for the last 13 years to help raise over $50 million. She was recently announced as the People’s Choice award winner at the B&T Women in Media awards for her work with Tour de Cure.

Nathan Robertson is our SA Sales Director. When he’s not working for oOh! he’s making a difference as a committee member and team leader volunteer for The Disabled Surfers Association of Australia, a charity initially set up to help injured surfers, it now caters to surfers with all types of disability.

Tonya Greer is oOh!’s Head of Community. She dedicates herself fully to assisting our not-for-profit charity partners throughout the year, building awareness for their causes and supporting their critical work via our dynamic, location-based media.

Terms and conditions of entry

To enter The Open Awards, all nominees needed to abide by the terms and conditions.

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