Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award

The Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award was established by Hume City Council to recognise the legacy of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, a Hume local and national hero who was killed in 2013. Of many notable things, he will be remembered for inspiring the next generation. 

At a special awards ceremony on 30 April 2019, 11 finalists were acknowledged for their outstanding applications, and four winners were awarded a share in $5,000. The Award encourages young people in Hume to follow their dreams and to strive to be the best they can be.

 

Gaining Ground Encouragement Award winners

Adam Marguglio. 

Adam attends Sunbury College where he is heavily involved in the VCE music program. Adam's love of creative arts, including writing songs and playing the piano, has seen him become a leader in his school’s music department. Adam regularly encourages other students in the school to perform and is contributing to a strong music culture within the school. He plans to use the award money to purchase new equipment to further his understanding of music.

Tamanna Qarar

Tamanna came to Australia in 2013 where she quickly found a love for numbers. Her excellent mathematical ability saw her become a volunteer maths tutor, which led to volunteer teaching at the Dari Language school at Hume Afghan Association. She also became a member of an advisory group for the Centre for Multicultural Youth. Now she is undertaking her Bachelor of Civil Engineering at RMIT.

She is passionate about helping young people, especially young students and young refugees, to reach their full potential. Tamanna is planning to use the award money to support disadvantaged women and girls in Afghanistan to develop sustainable employment. 

Leading From the Front Achievement Award winners

Isobel Symeoy 

After many years of extensive volunteer and community work, Isobel quickly realised she wanted to spend her life helping others. At 13, she followed in her dad’s footsteps, and joined the Junior CFA at Craigieburn Fire Station. From there, her time is filled with other selfless acts such as shaving off her hair to donate it to children with cancer, raising money for the Good Friday Appeal, and becoming a member and assisting the Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee.

Isobel is working towards becoming a paramedic and intends to use her award money to keep helping the community. 

Rihan Rofaeel 

Rihan is a highly engaged young person in our local community thanks to her faith, volunteer work, and social justice efforts.

Her leadership achievements to date are remarkable. She also aims to meet the needs of others through volunteering with Christmas on the Streets and actively working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal of ‘Zero Hunger’.

Rihan plans to use the funds at a grass roots level to try and work with local grocery stores, bakeries and produce providers to reduce food wastage that could be going to a better place. Part of this also includes teaching people how to prepare healthy, quick and affordable food.


Want to read about the 2017 winners of the award? Find out more here.

For further information contact the Youth Services Team youth@hume.vic.gov.au or call 9205 2556.

 


Updated : 2:59 PM, 13 May 2019

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