A Katherine student has been awarded a Fred Hollows Humanity Award.
Casuarina Street Primary School student Olivia Grant was nominated by her teacher for her considerate and selfless nature.
Presented the award at Parliament House in Darwin today, the year six student regularly volunteers her time helping and teaching younger students in the community.
“She always has half a dozen little girls around her who she brings to school on the bus each morning,” Olivia’s teacher, Bernice McPhee said.
“She has the kindest heart, particularly when it comes to young transition students.”
Minister for Housing and Community Development, Gerry McCarthy, the Assistant Minister for Seniors and Youth, Ngaree Ah Kit and Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Gabi Hollows presented 11 students from across the Territory with their certificates.
Minister McCarthy said the award recognises young people’s acts of generosity and kindness.
“I would like to acknowledge our Territory youth following the lead of an exemplary Australian, dedicated to improving the lives of others,” Minister McCarthy said.
Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation Gabi Hollows said the award highlights inspirational students making a positive difference in their communities.
“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,” Ms Hollows said.
“To all of this year’s Humanity Award recipients and to the 2018 NT Junior Ambassador, I offer my warmest congratulations and my heartfelt thanks.”
Eliza Emmett, an NT student at Good Shepard Lutheran College, was announced as the 2018 Junior Ambassador to The Fred Hollows Foundation.
As a Junior Ambassador Eliza Emmett will allocate $5,000 to one of The Foundation’s programs to end avoidable blindness.
The young achiever chose to support The Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program, which aims to end avoidable blindness for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will return to New South Wales in 2019. To learn more about the award visit www.hollows.org/humanityaward.
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