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Award caps charitable year

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2013

Hayden Zammit (OAM) has won the Orana Far West Volunteer of the Year award. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt Hayden Zammit (OAM) has won the Orana Far West Volunteer of the Year award. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 By Gayle Ball 

One of Broken Hill’s best known volunteers has received yet another accolade for his dedication to charity, just as he prepares to leave the city for university.

Hayden Zammit (OAM) last week received the Orana Far West Youth Volunteer of the Year award.

It was the third time he had won the Centre for Volunteering’s regional award.

“It’s great that Broken Hill’s still on the map for volunteering as a large percentage of our population volunteer,” Hayden said.

“This award doesn’t come easily. It comes from the support of family, friends and the Broken Hill community.”

The award also comes on top of Hayden’s recent invitation to Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve festivities where he was able to rub shoulders with the likes of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and singers Kylie Minogue and Ricki Lee Coulter.

Hayden was selected as one of four “everyday heroes” from across NSW for the honour. He made the cut for his tireless work with the Cancer Council, Camp Quality, Salvation Army and Heart Foundation.

Hayden also featured in a telecast of the New Year’s Eve celebrations on Channel 9 and his mum, Maryann - who also attended the festivities - appeared on television as well. 

Hayden, 18, recently completed his Higher School Certificate and has been accepted into a Bachelor of Management and Marketing at Uni SA.

He will leave the city on Monday and, after raising $30,000 for the various charities he supports, he said he would encourage other young people to support good causes.

“You should just take the plunge and find something you are into,” Hayden said.

“The benefits from volunteering are far more than just an everyday job.”

Hayden said he planned to find other worthy causes to support once he settles into his new life in Adelaide.

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