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Hannah didn't die in vain

Queensland Child Protection Week award winner Katherine Plint who has worked tirelessly to build Hannah's Foundation and protect children from drowning after losing her toddler Hannah in the family's backyard pool.
Queensland Child Protection Week award winner Katherine Plint who has worked tirelessly to build Hannah's Foundation and protect children from drowning after losing her toddler Hannah in the family's backyard pool. Rae Wilson

IT is almost five years since Katherine Plint found her toddler Hannah lifeless in the pool of the family's Laidley home.

But the determined mum refused to let her daughter die in vain, tirelessly raising awareness about drowning to prevent other families suffering the same fate.

Mrs Plint was presented with a volunteer award in the Queensland Child Protection Week Awards at Parliament House on Thursday.

She was described as an inspiring and unwavering advocate dedicated to being there for families who have lost their child and educating on harm prevention for children.

Her support was described as admirable, courageous and intrinsic to assisting families recover from such enormous loss.

Mrs Plint has also participated in 29 inquests in the past four years, with coroners endorsing more than 75% of her recommendations.

"Her capacity to research in coronal inquests has been substantiated with coroners making comments on her research and the effects on drowning particularly to the dangers of pools," judges said.

Mrs Plint said she ran the charity from her bedroom so she slept next to the photocopier, printer, computers and telephones every night.

She urged people to supervise their children and supervise people in boats, ensuring they wore life jackets.

"No matter how old you are you will drown if you get caught and in trouble in the water," she said.

"But today is about the families we support and those all around the country that have lost loved ones to drowning that we have turned up at the onset of their tragedies, supported them through their funerals and helped try to rebuild their lives after tragedy. Especially those 30 odd families we lost in the Lockyer Valley.

"That's where we founded (our charity out of) tragedy and that's where we ultimately lost the most people in past five years in our hometown."

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