Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Awards 2017

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2017 Winners 

Masad Alfayadh won the Leading from the Front Achievement Award – where her achievements in sports, community, art, employment and education were recognised.
Baan Sako won the Gaining ground Encouragement Award winner – where her commitment to an area of interest was recognised. 

Seven finalists with outstanding applications were also acknowledged:

Tamanna Qarar
Meg Riley
Chloe Padghan
Aman Banfaal
Channa De Silva
Masad Alfayadh
Baan Sako

Leading from the Front Achievement Award Winner
Masad Alfayadh

Masad launched a local charity, Happy Brain, to support and mentor young people. In the first 12 months, Happy Brain helped 350 students in Broadmeadows, Roxburgh Park, Craigieburn and surrounding suburbs. The classes are run at Youth Central on Sundays.

Masad has been extensively involved in other volunteering programs:

•         Mental health retreats for youth
•         Gratitude and positive thinking
•         Sexual health workshops for newly arrived refugees
•         Curriculum development and teaching programs at AustralianMADE
•         Queensland floods and several fundraising events for the East African famine

Furthermore Masad has volunteered internationally in Uganda at a rural clinic in January 2015.

In January 2017, she volunteered at Al Zaatari refugee camp, a refugee camp for Syrian refugees located in the northern part of Jordan, stating that these experiences were very eye opening

Gaining ground Encouragement Award Winner
Baan Sako

Baan finds motivation through her love for sport, especially soccer. Baan’s passion led her to undertake a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree.

Studies and personal experiences provided her with the opportunity to work to be a role model for women and girls in Hume. She volunteered at various not-for-profit organisations in Hume:

  • Baan is currently volunteering in a community project – Good People Act Now (GPAN) at Banksia Gardens Community Services.
  • She runs education programs, forums, videos, performances, presentations and many other community based activities to promote gender equality and prevention of violence against women.
  • Along with volunteering, Baan works at Kenley Court Community Services/Meadow Heights Primary School as a soccer coach to the young school girl
  • Baan also volunteers as a U11 Girls Soccer Coach at Roxburgh Park United and is facilitating workshops for young people in sporting clubs in Hume with the support of Dianella Health and GPAN. The workshops educate boys and girls ages 15-18 to be more inclusive in their clubs through their actions, language and attitudes within and outside their sporting clubs. Educating and guiding 20+ young leaders gave Baan the reassurance of the importance to be persistent with her goals of promoting gender equality and preventing violence against women through sports engagement.
  • Baan ended her application with a quote from Billie Jean King: "Champions keep playing until they get it right."

For further information contact the Youth Services Team on or call 9205 2556.

Updated : 4:08 PM, 1 February 2019

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