Harrington Public School student, Darcy Eady-Muxlow, is one of 176 students from New South Wales recognised for their compassion, integrity and kindness at a presentation ceremony for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award at Parliament House in Sydney yesterday.
A national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Humanity Award acknowledges Year Six students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.
NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes and Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Gabi Hollows, presented students from across NSW with their certificates before announcing the 2017 NSW Junior Ambassador to The Foundation, Tilda Meggitt from Petersham Public School.
The Fred Hollows Humanity Award began in the ACT in 2012 and expanded into NSW in 2015. In 2017 the award became a truly national initiative, with 420 children nominated across the country.
“The endless ideas and energy of young people continues to inspire me and it was great to meet some of the students who are making a positive difference in their communities,” Gabi Hollows said.
“Fred would have been incredibly proud of the contribution these students are making to society and of The Foundation for recognising and encouraging them to help others, no matter how big or small their actions.
“To all of this year’s Humanity Award recipients and to the 2017 NSW Junior Ambassador to The Foundation, I offer my warmest congratulations and my heartfelt thanks.”
Darcy was nominated by his teacher, Jason Taylor, for raising money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. He is also highly involved in school sports, such as cross country running and futsol, and he attends all school activities, such as the ANZAC Day march.
“Darcy is a wonderful role model for his younger sister, the school and the wider community,” Mr Taylor said.
The Humanity Award recognised students from 120 primary schools in NSW.
The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will return to New South Wales in 2018. To learn more about the award visit www.hollows.org/humanityaward