Collingwood cheer squad identity Jeff “Joffa” Corfe has been nominated for the Australian of the Year. Yep, you read that right.

Joffa is renowned for his colourful personality behind the goals during Magpies’ games and for donning his famous gold jacket when the Pies win.

However, few people know that he also does a lot of charity work. He is an ambassador for the Epilepsy foundation, he has worked extensively with the Salvation Army in supporting Melbourne’s homeless and he works closely with Reclink Australia, an organisation which provides and promotes sport and art for people who are disadvantaged.

Joffa received a letter this week informing him that he had been nominated and made the shortlist of 128 for the Australian of the Year. The nominees will be cut down to 32 in two months time, and then cut down again to the final four before the winner is announced on Australia Day.