Daniel Flynn, managing director and co-founder of the social enterprise, the Thankyou Group, has been named Victorian Young Australian of the Year for 2014.
The Thankyou Group created by Flynn six years ago, manufacturers a range of products including bottled water, muesli, muesli bars and quick/ rolled oats. All profits from the sale of these items (after business expenses) go towards funding aid projects in developing nations.
In June this year, the company launched a multi-layered marketing campaign which included a strong social media presence to encourage both Coles and Woolworths to stock its range of products, and in Flynn’s words ‘help change the world’.
Flynn said that he was humbled to achieve the title of Victorian Young Australian of the Year.
“It’s an honour to be put in a category with finalists of this calibre. When I look at the impressive achievements of each person, it’s safe to say I feel a little undeserving of this award,” Flynn said.
Thankyou has assisted over 60,000 people gain access to safe water through over 100 projects across Cambodia, Uganda, Myanmar, Haiti, Timor Leste, Kenya, Burandi, India and Sri Lanka.
“It’s a great feeling to go to work every day and know that what I’m doing is helping people in need. Already we’ve been able to make a huge impact overseas through the support of Australians, but the reality is that there is still so much more work to be done.
“This is the reason I’ve got a passion to see Thankyou become a household name. The more Australians who get behind what we’re doing, the more work we can do for people in need.”
Other finalists in the running for the title included Luke Owens – musician and advocate for homeless people, Benson Saulo – youth representative and Joel Taylor – mental health advocate.