GYMPIE refugee Dollah, whose story was first published in The Gympie Times in June, has been nominated for the Pride of Australia Fair Go Medal.
Gympie MP David Gibson, who nominated Dollah for the award, says his story "is helping change a nation's asylum seeker debate".
He told award sponsor, The Courier-Mail that the story had now spread from Gympie to the rest of the world.
"This man, by his selfless action, has united a community in their resolve to do whatever it takes to improve his life," Mr Gibson told the newspaper at the weekend.
Dollah's story began in Myanmar, where his Rohingya people live lives of relentless oppression.
He works at Gympie's Nolan Meats to pay his way in Australia and to provide food and, where possible, shelter for his family in hiding in Bangladesh, across the border from their homeland.
He is the only man from his village to reach Australia.
Others are have been hunted and often killed in vicious sectarian violence, amounting to genocide.
His Rohingyan people are a Muslim group not recognised as human in their own country and regarded by many as the most oppressed people in the world.
In a story which touched hearts and changed minds, Dollah has told how he found hundreds of dollars near work and, despite his desperation, handed it in to police.