Written on the 21 July 2016 by Kevin Conolly

Nominations have opened for the second annual Fred Hollows Humanity Awards in New South Wales and the Member for Riverstone, Mr Kevin Conolly MP is encouraging the community to get involved and nominate young children for this award.

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.

"I urge parents, teachers and other community members to nominate Year 6 students in the area and showcase their community spirit" said Mr Conolly.

The award launched in NSW to great success last year and recognised the positive contributions of 97 students from 77 primary schools across the state.

Award recipients included a boy who volunteered at a nursing home, and a student who showed compassion by helping to look after her seven siblings at home.

"There is no act of kindness too small. Whether it is volunteering, fundraising for a good cause or helping others, children in Western Sydney are making a positive difference in our community. This award is a great opportunity for their work to be recognised," said Mr Conolly.

Ryde East Public School student Keats Mackay was named the first Fred Hollows NSW Junior Ambassador and chose to support The Foundation's work in Bangladesh.

The Foundation's Founding Director Gabi Hollows said: "Fred used to say that the basic attribute of mankind was our ability to look after each other. The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will recognise students in NSW who have reflected this value in their own lives."

All nominees will be recognised at a presentation ceremony where the 2016 NSW Junior Ambassador will be announced. This Ambassador will be able to extend their humanity by allocating $5000 donated by Specsavers to one of The Fred Hollows Foundation's programs to end avoidable blindness.

To learn more about the award, or to nominate a young person visit before August 21.

Author: Kevin Conolly


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