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Ian Kiernan Bio, Wiki, Death and Cause, Wife (Judy Kiernan), Children, DUI, Clean Up Australia, Awards and Recognition

Kiernan dies on 17th October 2018 in Sydney at the age of 78, from cancer-related complications

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Ian Kiernan Bio

Ian Kiernan (Ian Bruce Carrick Kiernan AO) was born on 4th October 1940 and died on17th October 2018. He was an Australian yachtsman and environmental campaigner, known for organising the Clean Up Australia campaign, and in 1993 a similar Clean Up the World operation which attracted participation from 30 million volunteers in 80 countries.
Ian Kiernan Birthday He was born on 4 October 1940 in Sydney, New South Wales
Ian Kiernan Died He died on 17 October 2018 (aged 78) Sydney, New South Wales
Ian Kiernan Cause of Death Cancer Complication
Ian Kiernan Wife  Judy Kiernan (m. ?–2018)
Ian Kiernan Children Two daughters Sally and Philippa (Pip)
Nationality Australian
Occupation Environmentalist, yachtsman
Education The Armidale School, Sydney Technical College
Organization Founded
Clean Up Australia
Years active 1993–2018
Known for Clean Up the World movement

Ian Kiernan Biography

Kiernan was born in Sydney to George Arthur and Leslie Katherine Kiernan. He studied at The Scots College in Sydney, The Armidale School in northern New South Wales, and the Sydney Technical College, where he trained as a Building and Construction Agent.

Kiernan was a yachtsman, sailing competitively for more than 40 years and representing Australia at the Admiral’s, Southern Cross, Dunhill, Clipper, Kenwood and Trans-Pacific Cup competitions. In 1986/87 Kiernan represented Australia in the BOC Challenge solo around-the-world yacht race. He finished 6th out of a fleet of 25 yachts from 11 countries, setting an Australian record for a solo circumnavigation of the world.

Ian Kiernan Death and Cause

Kiernan died on 17th October 2018 in Sydney at the age of 78, from cancer-related complications. He is survived by his wife Judy and two daughters Sally and Pip.

Ian Kiernan Clean Up Australia

During the BOC Challenge, Kiernan was amazed by the amount of rubbish choking the world’s oceans. He organised a community event – Clean Up Sydney Harbour on Sunday 8 January 1989 with the support of a committee of friends. 40,000 volunteers turned out to help and collected over 5000 tonnes.

The success of the first event in 1989 sparked national interest. Since then more than 7 million people have heeded the call through annual Clean Up Australia Days, Friday Schools Clean Up Days and Business Clean Ups. Clean up Australia’s Mission is “To inspire and work with communities to clean up and fix up our Earth”. The first ‘Clean Up the World’ event took place in 1993. By 2007 some 35 million people from 80 nations turned out to Clean Up their world, and in 2017 it was estimated 120 countries took part.

Ian Kiernan Awards and Recognition

  • 1991 – Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
  • 1994 – He was awarded Australian. During the ceremony, he assisted the Premier of New South Wales John Fahey stopping a ‘pseudo assassination’ attempt on Charles, Prince of Wales.
  • 1995 – He was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.
  • 1998 – He was the recipient of the UNEP Sasakawa Prize. The prize is awarded every year to individuals with an established track record of achievement and the potential to make outstanding contributions to the protection and management of the environment consistent with UNEP’s policies and objectives.
  • 1999 – He received the World Citizenship Award from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.
  • 2001 – He was awarded the Centenary Medal for “service to the Clean Up Australia Campaign and the Clean up the World Campaign”.
  • In 2006 Kiernan received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Trust of Australia (NSW).
  • The 2007 Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Poll voted Clean Up Australia as the country’s most trusted environmental charity and chairman Ian Kiernan AO as the fourth “most trustworthy” Australian. In 2008 in the same poll, Kiernan was ranked number three.
  • He was also the recipient of Toastmasters International Communications and Leadership Award, The Berger-Sullivan Tourism Award, the International Banksia Award, and the 1999 Building World Citizenship Award.

Ian Kiernan DUI

In 2014 Kiernan pleaded guilty to drunk driving in Sydney, following a previous charge for the same offence in 1998. This record was cited by the Government when Kiernan was overlooked for the honour of having a Sydney ferry named after him.

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