Sixty-eight young people were honoured with the Fred Hollows Humanity Award at New South Wales Parliament House Monday (September 5), including a caring student from Harrington.
The award was held in New South Wales for the second time and recognises Year 6 students who follow in Fred Hollows’ footsteps by showing care and compassion for others.
“The response to the award has been incredible with children from 55 schools across the state nominated. It was wonderful to meet so many young people making a positive difference in their communities,” Founding Director, Gabi Hollows said.
“The ideas and endless energy that young people exhibit continue to inspire me. Fred would have been incredibly proud that The Foundation has inspired young students to dream big and help others.”
Harrington Public School student Bridie Stone was nominated for the award by teacher Jason Taylor for her selfless efforts to contribute to the school, charities and the wider community.
Mr Taylor said Bridie, who is school captain, represents the school admirably and enthusiastically at all school events outside of school hours.
She has performed in the school choir at four events so far this year including NAIDOC Day and ANZAC Day ceremonies, and took part in Harrington's ANZAC Day March during the school holidays.
Bridie always contributes to fundraising initiatives and participates in school sporting events, such as cross country and hockey.
Ethan Bellman from Croppa Creek Public School in Northern New South Wales was selected as the NSW Junior Ambassador for The Foundation. He has chosen to allocate $5000, donated by Specsavers, to The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Kenya program to help end avoidable blindness.
The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will return to NSW in 2017. To learn more about the award visit www.hollows.org/humanityaward