Fred Hollows Humanity Award: northern suburbs students in running


Derrick Goonting. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473106
Teacher Stephanie Gullotto and Derrick Goonting. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Derrick Goonting. Picture: Martin Kennealey d473106 Teacher Stephanie Gullotto and Derrick Goonting. Picture: Martin Kennealey

NOMINATIONS for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award close on September 10, with students from Koondoola and Mindarie already in the running.

Mercy College student Derrick Goonting is one nominee for the award that recognises Year 6 students who demonstrate compassion, integrity and kindness towards others.

His teacher Stephanie Gullotto nominated him for the respect and compassion he shows to those around him and his polite, kind-hearted and fun-loving nature.

“Derrick has a great sense of humour and always greets people with a smile, making them feel welcome and accepted,” she said.

“He shows persistence and determination in all that he endeavours and it has been a privilege watching him grow into such a fine young man over the years.”

Peter Moyes Anglican Community School student Amelie White has also been nominated for the concern she has shown for the welfare of others.

Amelie is described as a fair and grounded student who never takes sides and always lets others be heard.

She idolises Jane Goodall and is passionate about raising awareness for animal rights.

“Fred used to say the basic attribute of mankind is to look after each other,” Fred Hollows Foundation founding director Gabi Hollows said.

“He would be so proud to know the Fred Hollows Humanity Award is recognising students who are demonstrating this belief in their own lives.

“I urge people to nominate a Year 6 student they know who embodies the values of compassion, integrity and kindness.”

Parents, teachers, principals and members of the community can nominate a child they know who is making a difference, at www.hollows.org/humanityaward .

A presentation ceremony in Perth later this year will recognise nominees and a WA junior ambassador will receive $5000 to give to one of the foundation’s programs to end avoidable blindness.

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