Nominations have opened for the first Fred Hollows Humanity Award in New South Wales and the State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock, Clayton Barr, MP is encouraging locals to get involved.
Professor Fred Hollows dedicated his life to helping others, saving the sight of disadvantaged people around the world.
The Fred Hollows Foundation is keeping Fred’s vision alive through an award which recognises Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by showing care and compassion for others.
“There is no act of kindness too small. Whether it is volunteering, fundraising for a good cause or helping others, students in the Cessnock Electorate are making a positive difference in our community. This award is a great opportunity for their work to be recognised,” said Mr Barr.
“The Award has been held previously in the ACT, but this is the first time it is being awarded in NSW and I am confident there is a child in our area deserving of the honour.”
Last year’s entries in the ACT included a student who took it upon himself to raise money for New South Wales farmers affected by drought and a student who completed the ACT Wildlife Courses to gain a license for caring for sick and injured wildlife.
All nominees will be invited to a presentation ceremony to announce the NSW winner. Thanks to sponsor Thomas Sabo Sterling Silver, the winner will be able to extend their humanity by allocating $2,500 to one of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s programs to end avoidable blindness.
“I urge parents, teachers and other community members to nominate Year 6 students in the area and showcase the community spirit of the Cessnock Electorate,” concluded Mr Barr.
To learn more about the award or to nominate a young person in the Cessnock Electorate, visit www.hollows.org.au/humanityaward
Nominations for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award close on Friday 21 August, 2015.