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 sponsorships of the 33 categories in 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.

As Australia’s only media charity, 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 – and that this solidarity will transcend all artificial barriers.

You can make a donation to the Foundation via Electronic Funds Transfer to: 

The Kennedy Trust

National Australia Bank BSB: 082-001 Account No: 84-806-0676  

Since the inaugural Kennedy Awards in 2012 we have also raised funds for 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 – our current 2015/16 charity partner.

We would like to express our deep appreciation to the New South Wales Government for its continued support for the Kennedy Foundation’s charity partners.

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

The Frank Fund


In early 2016 Ilankovan Frank – the very popular and much-loved veteran cameraman of Nine News Sydney – suffered a serious stroke.

Franky – as he’s known to many – has been a fixture on the road of Sydney journalism for decades, always ready to shoot great pictures and light-up the day of his colleagues with his customary warm greeting and presence.

The bleakest of days on the coldest of courtroom steps would always become so much more bearable thanks to Franky’s contagious and irrepressibly good cheer.

After months of rehabilitation at specialist care centres, Franky has now returned home. The challenges now facing the Frank family in their day-to-day care of Frank are immense.

Those of us who have worked with Franky over many years have started a fund to help his  family cope. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation through the Kennedy Foundation via EFT. Your message in the transaction to Kennedy Trust will be Frank 6, and those funds will be specific for his family’s use. Many thanks for your support.

National Australia Bank BSB: 082-001 Account No: 84-806-0676  

MEDIA RELEASE: Kennedy Foundation Supports Below the Belt & ANZUP

MEDIA RELEASE: Kennedy Foundation a Charity

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