CANBERRA’S budding philanthropists were honoured in a special ceremony today.More than 100 students from 16 ACT primary schools received citizenship awards from The Fred Hollows Foundation, for lending a hand to fellow students or supporting their local communities or projects overseas.
The Fred Hollows Foundation, in partnership with the Education and Training Directorate, has offered the awards for the second year exclusively in the ACT. The Foundation established The Fred Hollows Schools Award to inspire students to continue in the legacy of the late Fred Hollows (1929-93), who was awarded Australian of the Year in 1990 for his humanitarian work.
Entries included a Year 5 student from Bonython Primary School who ran a fundraiser for the family of a classmate with leukaemia, a Year 3 student from Canberra Girls’ Grammar School who collected swimming caps and goggles to help children in Colombia and a Year 6 student from Weetangera Primary School who designed wearable art for the Yirri Dancers, the school’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance group.
ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch presented the plaques to the schools involved.
“Fred Hollows believed that all Australians should care for others. I am proud to say that our school communities are contributing to extraordinary acts of citizenship, community service and leadership,” she says.
“I hope that The Fred Hollows Schools Award inspires our young students to continue in their vast citizenship endeavours and become dynamic leaders of the future.”
Founding Director of the Fred Hollows Foundation Gabbi Hollows attended the ceremony and was impressed by the awardees.
“Young people have a capacity to care for others and a capacity to ‘dream big’ that the rest of us envy,” she says.
“Fred used to say that the greatest attribute of human kind was our ability to help one another. The Fred Hollows Schools Award recognises students in the ACT who have reflected these values in their own lives.”