The Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award

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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. 

In his honour, up to $5,000 is available to help young people in Hume achieve their dreams.

You can self-nominate, or nominate someone, to be considered for the Award in either category:
Leading from the Front Achievement Award – recognising achievements in sport, community, art, employment or education.
Gaining Ground Encouragement Award – recognising commitment to an area of interest.

What will be funded?

  • education costs
  • conference fees
  • support for personal or professional development
  • equipment (e.g. sports equipment, a computer or software)

Nominations open: Monday 22 March 2021

Nominations close: Monday 19 April 2021

Applications need to be made via the online form before midnight on Monday 19 April 2021.

More details about the application process and previous recipients is below.

Application details

You will be asked to provide details on the following during the application process:

  • Contact details of referee (name, address, phone and email)
  • What activities is the young person engaged in and been passionate about?
  • What leadership attributes does the young person show that match those of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG? (refer to application for more information)
  • How does the young person inspire those around them, like Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG?
  • What is the young person's goal and why is it important to them?
  • What actions has the young person taken in the community towards achieving their goal?
  • How will the young person achieving their goal benefit the community?
  • How does the young person plan to use the award money to fulfil their goal in the next 12 months?
  • Please describe what other resources the young person will utilise to achieve their goal.


2019 recipients

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.

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