The Australian Hotels Association NSW has congratulated vice-president Kim Maloney, who received a medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia this week.

AHA NSW President Scott Leach said the prestigious award, for social welfare, was a tribute to Mr Maloney’s tireless work for the community.

“Kim has spent years working on behalf of those less fortunate,” said Leach.

“His chairmanship of the Hotels Have Hearts committee alone has seen almost $3 million raised for the homeless in this city – and that is just one of the many charitable and community events Kim supports.

“This is an extremely well-deserved award and on behalf of the AHA NSW I offer congratulations to Kim and his family.”

Maloney, OAM, said it was an honour to receive the award.

“I am humbled and honoured to receive this award, but, in reality, I accept this on behalf of the Hotels Have Hearts committee and the entire hotel industry,” he said.

“This journey really started in 2000 when a group of city hoteliers got together and decided to do something about the issue of homelessness – an issue we were literally confronting on our doorsteps.

“This has very much been a team effort – made possible by the generosity of the entire hotel industry."

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