North Fremantle’s Makenzie Hewitt a Sunrise Suburban Superstar

Makenzie Hewitt gets her $7000 prize from Sunrise's Sam Mac. Photo: Sunrise
Makenzie Hewitt gets her $7000 prize from Sunrise's Sam Mac. Photo: Sunrise

A North Fremantle teenager has won $7000 after being named a ‘Sunrise Superstar’ by the popular Channel 7 breakfast program.

Makenzie Hewitt, 14, was nominated for the award by her neighbours, after she founded her own charity at age nine to raise money for the Cancer Council.

Her grandfather was lost to skin cancer before she was born, and she wanted to raise funds to help find a cure for the disease.

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Thus ‘See the Sunset for the Sick Ones’ was created, an annual sausage sizzle at the North Fremantle Bowling Club.

Since its humble beginnings, the event has raised about $15,000 for the Cancer Council, with this year’s Sunset seeing more than $4000 donated.

Makenzie was awarded her cheque live on air on Wednesday morning.

The 14-year-old told Community Newspaper Group her family was aware of her win, but didn’t tell her because she was in the middle of her year-end exams.

With her last one set for Thursday, and then only a week to go before holidays, it shapes as a great summer for the driven teen.