St Philip’s Christian College student, Zara Waugh, has been named the 2019 NSW Junior Ambassador of the Year at the Fred Hollows Foundation Humanity Awards.
The Humanity Awards recognise Year 6 students who follow in Fred Hollows’ footsteps by making a positive difference in their community.
Chaired by Hollows’ daughter, Gabi, the awards celebrate students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their everyday lives, just as Fred Hollows did.
Since 2012, the awards have recognised more than 1,300 Year 6 students across Australia.
In 2017, the Award expanded nationally for the first time with Year 6 students from all states and territories eligible for nomination.
This year, 84 students from across the state were recognised with Humanity Awards, but each year one exceptional student from each state and territory is named Junior Ambassador for their exceptional efforts to make the world a better place.
Zara was named the NSW Junior Ambassador for her fundraising work for disadvantaged children in Africa.
Moved by photos of impoverished children in Kenya, Zara founded an annual fundraising event at her school called ‘Kenya Help Day’.
The initiative asked fellow students to donate their lunch money to support Kenyan childrens’ education.
Zara has enthusiastically run an annual Kenya Help Day for the past five years and has so far raised more than $20,000 for two schools in Kenya.
As Junior Ambassador, Zara has chosen to allocate $5,000, kindly donated by Specsavers, to The Fred Hollows Foundation’s work increasing eye health services in Kenya.
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The Fred Hollows Foundation: 2019 Humanity Awards
Michelle Cairelli, St Philip’s Christian College Gosford