Melburnian of the Year | SecondBite
2018 Melburnian of the Year
Ian Carson AM and Simone Carson AM, Co-Founders of SecondBite
Melburnian of the Year
2018: SecondBite | Ian Carson AM and Simone Carson AM
Simone and Ian established SecondBite after watching too much good food go to waste while too many people went hungry.
They first started SecondBite in 2005, with just three volunteers in Victoria and moved just over 600kg of food a year. Since then, it has grown at an astounding rate with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and supporters alike.
SecondBite works with over 1300 community food programs across Australia to redistribute rescued food to those in the community who need it the most. In 2017 SecondBite rescued 13.8 million kilograms of food, providing the equivalent of over 27 million meals to individuals throughout the country, which is equivalent to over 75,000 meals a day.
Now a national organisation, SecondBite has warehouses in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth, and works through a partner organisation in Tasmania. SecondBite provides support all across the country with hubs in suburban and regional areas and by linking agencies in rural communities directly with their local supermarkets. SecondBite supplies fresh, nutritious food to more than 1,300 agencies nationally, completely free of charge.
Simone Carson is a registered nurse with a keen focus on children’s health, having worked in Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and coordinated research projects for the Infectious Diseases Department. Simone is a member of the SecondBite Food Security Advisory Committee, Volunteer Committee and a Trustee of the SecondBite Future Trust. She is also a board member of the St Vincent’s Research Institute Foundation.
Ian Carson is the founding partner of PPB Advisory. He has been instrumental in turning around organisations in crisis and helped clients to protect their financial positions and reputations. Ian is also a member of the Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council (Melbourne) and member of the SecondBite Fundraising Committee and Trustee, SecondBite Future Trust.
In 2015 Simone and Ian were named the World Economic Forum's social entrepreneurs of the year for creating a charity to rescue leftover fresh food from restaurants and supermarkets. They were recognised for their work with SecondBite along with 31 others in various fields from around the world in the annual awards run by the forum's Schwab Foundation.
In 2015 Simone and Ian were named Schwabb Foundation Global Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. Ian Carson was also the recipient of the Southern Region (Australia) Social Entrepreneur award as part of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 program.
In 2017 Ian and Simone were awarded an Order of Australia in recognition for ‘significant service to the community through contributions and leadership in the food sector, and to business’.
Ian Carson AM and Simone Carson AM, Co-Founders
Melburnian of the Year
A Melbourne Award is our city's highest accolade. The award provides the City of Melbourne with a platform to celebrate the inspirational achievements of people and organisations whose passion and commitment have helped make Melbourne one of the most liveable cities in the world.
The awards celebrate significant contributions in the areas of environmental sustainability, community, multiculturalism and strengthening Melbourne's profile.
All winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 17 November 2018.
Previous Melburnian of The Year
2017: Susan Alberti AC
The inspirational businesswoman, fundraiser, philanthropist and footy fanatic was honoured for her lifelong work to help find a cure for diabetes.
2016: Neale Daniher AM
Neale Daniher AM is the Patron and Vice President for the Cure for MND Foundation.
2015: Bryan Lipmann AM
Chief Executive Officer and founder of Wintringham Specialist Aged Care.
2014: Professor Sharon Lewin
Professor Lewin is an internationally renowned researcher in HIV cure and the inaugural Director of the Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.
2013: Major Brendan Nottle
He has become the face of our beloved Salvos, given them a higher profile and selflessly committed his life to help the downtrodden, especially Melbourne's homeless people.
2012: Michael Gudinski
Born and raised in Melbourne, Michael Gudinski built his empire, including the Mushroom Group and Frontier Touring Company, in his hometown.
2011: Harold Mitchell
Prominent businessman and media buyer, for his contribution to Melbourne's arts, health and education sectors.
2010: Jim Stynes
Melbourne Football Club president, for his tireless dedication to the welfare of Victoria's youth through his work with the Reach Foundation.
2009: Susan Barton
A founder of the Lighthouse Foundation, for supporting the youth of Melbourne.
2008: John Bertrand
A former America's Cup winning skipper, for his charity work.
2007: Lyn Swinburne
Breast cancer crusader and creator of the pink field of women events.
2006: Ron Barassi
AFL great, for inspiring others and his overall contribution to Melbourne.
2005: Andrew Gaze
A champion basketballer, inaugural Melburnian of the Year for his "outstanding contribution" and for "tirelessly giving back to both his sport and the wider community".
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