La Shani McDonald, of Clyde Fenton Primary School, has been recognised for her compassion, integrity and kindness at a ceremony for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award at Parliament House in Darwin, today.
La Shani was nominated by her teacher, Angela Everett, for her reliability and strong, inspiring leadership.
"La Shani is a school leader and performs her duties with the highest degree of integrity and reliability," Ms Everett said.
"She is a fabulous role model, always showing compassion and kindness to her peers and younger members of both her home and school communities.
"She is recognised by her peers as a leader because they know she is consistently fair and is looked up to as a nurturing little Indigenous mother, who teachers others right from wrong."
The Humanity Award is a national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation that acknowledges Year Six students who follow in Fred's footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.
Founding Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Gabi Hollows and NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner presented 20 students from across the territory with their certificates before announcing Ashlin Bucklar, of Stuart Park Primary School, as the 2019 NT Junior Ambassador to The Foundation.
Founding Director 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, no matter how big or small their actions," Gabi Hollows said.
"To all of this year's Humanity Award recipients and to the 2019 Northern Territory Junior Ambassador to The Foundation, I offer my warmest congratulations and my heartfelt thanks."
As a Junior Ambassador to The Fred Hollows Foundation, Ashlin Bucklar will allocate $5000 to one of The Foundation's programs to end avoidable blindness. This gift is possible through the generous donation by the award's charity partner Specsavers.
Ashlin chose to support The Foundation's program work in Kenya, which works towards increasing eye health services to restore sight to 150,000 people.
The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will return to the Northern Territory in 2020. To learn more about the award visit www.hollows.org/humanityaward
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