The award was held in NSW for the first time and recognised Year 6 students who follow in Fred Hollows’ footsteps by showing care and compassion for others.
Children from 77 schools across the state were nominated. Premier of NSW Mike Baird presented the awards.
A number of young people stood out with seven, including Charli, receiving special mention. Charli was nominated by her teacher, Mrs Shannon McGregor. She had her beautiful long hair cut to raise $6000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation in memory of her late grandmother who passed away from the disease. She then donated her hair to the Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program which make wigs for Australian children with alopecia, an auto-immune disease which causes the hair to fall out.
Eliza was nominated by her buddy’s mother. Eliza is buddy to a Kinder student recovering from cancer. She has been patient beyond her years and helps her buddy in numerous ways.