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Hayden's efforts rewarded

Thursday, 19th November, 2009

Hayden Zammit is the 2009 Far West Youth Volunteer of Year.

Hayden, 15, was presented with his award at last night's monthly meeting of City Council by General Manager Frank Zaknich.

Mr Zaknich said it was a pleasure to present the award and that Hayden had done much to enrich the local community. Hayden started fundraising when he was nine years old - selling merchandise, running raffles and holding fun days in the park. He has participated in Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and the Relay for Life walk. Hayden is a committed fundraiser for Camp Quality NSW and The NSW Cancer Council. Over the past two years Hayden has raised over $10,000 for Camp Quality by hosting events in Sturt Park and encouraging local businesses to provide sponsorship and donated goods. Hayden will now compete against youth winners from 17 other regions across the State for the title of 2009 NSW Youth Volunteer of the Year. A ceremony to announce the State winners will be held on December 4 at Parliament House in Sydney. The State Youth winner will be awarded a $1000 donation for their nominated organisation. On accepting his award last night, Hayden thanked all the people who had supported him, especially the local community. "Without the support of the Broken Hill community, the efforts that have been made, especially for Camp Quality and the Cancer Council, would not have been possible," he said. The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards began in 2007. They are presented annually by The Centre for Volunteering. There are 1.7 million volunteers in NSW and the awards seek to promote the importance of their efforts to the community and companies.

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