Fred Hyde in Bangladesh.
Fred Hyde in Bangladesh. Contributed

Fred Hyde wins Queensland Senior of the Year

AT 94-years-old you could forgive Fred Hyde if he decided to take things easy.

But the Warwick philanthropist could not be further from slowing down.

Mr Hyde has devoted the past 30 years to rescuing and educating abandoned children in Bangladesh.

He was named Queensland Senior of the Year at a ceremony in Brisbane on Friday.

Through his organisation Cooperation in Development, or CO-ID, Mr Hyde has helped build 45 schools, five kindergartens and training facilities for 165 teachers.

About 12,000 Bangladeshi children are currently attending school's Mr Hyde has help construct - but that's just some of the more than 60,000 children he's already helped.

Mr Hyde, already an Order of Australia recipient, knew he had to do something after a tidal wave ravaged Bhola Island in 1970.

After he saw how the disaster impoverished orphaned children on the island he sold his house and used his savings to help out.

He received the award last night, just days before heading back to Bangladesh.

Mr Hyde will join the other Queensland nominees as national finalists in January.

Child protection advocate Hetty Johnston was named the 2015 Queensland Australian of the Year, while 23-year-old Youth Without Borders founder Yassmin Abdel-Magied was named Young Queensland Australian of the Year.

Givit, the charity the Queensland Government used in 2011 to provide flood victims with donated goods; founder Juliette Wright was named the 2015 Queensland Local Hero.

Givit saw 33,000 items matched in three weeks.

National Australia Day Council chief Jeremy Lasek said the Queensland Award recipients were four truly inspirational Australians.

"The Queensland Award recipients are amazingly dedicated individuals making significant changes to the lives of those less fortunate in Australia and overseas," said Mr Lasek.

To find out more about CO-ID, which Mr Hyde and his team run from his Warwick home, and to donate visit http://www.fredhyde.org.

- APN NEWSDESK


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