Girl’s human rights interest recognised

September 01, 2017

St Mel's Primary School Year 6 student Lara Trevaskis has been nominated for this year's Fred Hollows Humanity Award for demonstrating compassion, integrity and kindness towards others.

St Mel’s Primary School Year 6 student Lara Trevaskis’ caring and compassionate attitude to others earned her a nomination for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award.

She will be recognised at an awards ceremony in Melbourne this year and is in the running to become a Victorian junior ambassador.

Principal Dom Poppa said when they read about the award they thought of nominating Lara because of her sense of social justice and interest in human rights, particularly her aspiration to become a human rights lawyer.

‘‘I don’t like people of any background being down and I want to fight for everyone to be treated the same and have the same opportunities,’’ Lara said.

‘‘I think wrongs are happening now in society and we need to respect human dignity.’’

Lara is part of the St Mel’s Friends Igniting Reconciliation Education carrier who aims to raise awareness about Aboriginal social issues.

‘‘We talk about what happened to the Aboriginal people of Australia and how they treated now,’’ she said.

She also volunteers at the Mooroopna St Vinnies opportunity store and has recently offered her time to help Meals on Wheel to deliver meals to their clients.

Mr Poppa said it was quite admirable for a young woman to have such a passion for social justice.

Since it was established in 2012, the Fred Hollows Humanity Award has recognised more than 750 students who are making a positive difference in the lives of others.

The selected junior ambassadors will extend their humanity by allocating $5000 each to a Fred Hollows Foundation program of their choice to help end avoidable blindness.

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