Sacred Heart Primary School students and Tatura Girl Guides Katherine Wagner and Audrey Spedding received the Fred Hollows Humanity Award in Melbourne last week.
The pair was nominated by their teacher Cath Basile for their compassion, integrity and kindness inside and outside the classroom.
The Year 6 students give much of their time and energy to becoming better citizens through the Tatura Girl Guides.
They have volunteered their time participating in the Red Cross Calling, singing Christmas Carols to the elderly at Moyola Lodge and giving them fresh baked chocolate cookies.
The girls were also big drivers of fundraising for the Girl Guides kitchen development spending time manning the stall at Bunnings barbecue and selling raffle tickets throughout the year.
The girls also took part in community activities, such as clean-up days, carols nights, Daffodil Days.
They were two of 81 recipients of the humanity awards in Victoria.
A national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Humanity Award acknowledges Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.
The Fred Hollows Foundation chair and former premier, John Brumby, presented students with their certificates before announcing the 2017 Victorian Junior Ambassador to The Foundation, Chè Buckley from Gippsland Grammar.
‘‘These young Victorians have shown confidence, compassion and leadership within their schools and in the wider community,’’ Mr Brumby said.
‘‘Their care and concern for those around them is an inspiration, not only to their peers, but to their teachers, parents and everyone they meet.’’
The Fred Hollows Humanity Award began in the Australian Capital Territory in 2012 before expanding into Victoria last year.
This year it became a truly national initiative with 420 children nominated across the country.