A Gold Coast student who performed at the Commonwealth Games and has raised money for around a dozen charities is among 95 unsung local heroes acknowledged with a McPherson Community Achiever Award.
Anthea Young received a Young Achiever award at today’s ceremony held at the Robina Community Centre.
Anthea has been a member of the Leo’s Club for 5 years, represented her school in the Youth Chorus at the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, as well as raising money for cancer charities, victims of natural disasters, the RSPCA and the Daniel Morecombe Foundation.
Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews MP, said the 16-year-old is just one example of locals who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others.
“Each award recipient has made a huge difference to so many within our community and I am proud to represent people like this in our nation’s parliament,” Minister Andrews said.
“These people volunteer of their own accord, with often very little recognition, that’s why it’s so important to acknowledge them.
“Every year these awards uncover more great Southern Gold Coast stories and it’s wonderful to be able to bring them to light.”
Minister Andrews established the awards to celebrate and thank the outstanding contributions made by so many local residents.
In the three categories for nomination, 65 awards were presented to Community Achievers, 25 awards were presented to Surf Life Saving Community Achievers, and 5 in the Young Achiever category.
Recipients ranged from members of Lions Clubs, schools, RSL’s, sporting clubs, and community progress associations.