The Kennedy Foundation

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The NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism is organised by the Kennedy Foundation – a registered charity that administers a benevolent fund for news media professionals facing hardship.

Foundation funds are primarily raised from sponsorship of  the annual NRMA Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism – staged in early August, on or close to the anniversary of Les Kennedy’s death from cancer at the age of 52 in 2011.

Les Kennedy was a champion of “shoe leather” journalism, the antithesis of a phone jockey as he established an enviable network built on the trust that can only be established with face-to-face contact.

The Kennedy Foundation promotes strong camaraderie among news media professionals – to protect and support them in what can be a tough game. We know the intensity of competition between rival media organisations can take a heavy emotional, physical and financial toll but we believe the bond formed on the road can never be broken.

Since the inaugural Kennedy Awards in 2012 we have also raised funds for the Charles Perkins Trust for Students and Young People, the children’s cancer charity RedKite, the Aboriginal Medical Service and the ANZUP Below the Belt Cancer Trials .

In conjunction with the University of Technology and Paradigm Resources the Kennedy Foundation has also established The Les Kennedy Scholarship for Indigenous Journalism Students.

All applications to the Kennedy Foundation for assistance will be considered with the utmost compassion in the strictest of confidence.

For information on how to seek the Kennedy Foundation’s support – and offer it – please email general manager Steve Warnock at – or phone him on 0424 407717 or 02 9279 3385

Written correspondence can also be sent to:

The Kennedy Foundation Suite 303, Level 3, 65 York Street Sydney, NSW 2000.

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