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Michael Bonnici has won the prestigious Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award in the 2018 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards.

Michael won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of seven category winners announced on Friday 20th April at SMC Conference and Function Centre. The Awards were hosted by Michael Usher, 7NEWS Presenter.

300 guests were in attendance at the Gala event, including official guest The Hon John Barilaro MP, NSW Deputy Premier, to celebrate New South Wales and the ACT’s high achievers and community contributors.

Michael Bonnici, 20 of Alfords Point contributes over 200 volunteer hours every year. He is Director of Lifesaving, educational speaker and award-winning Patrol Captain at Wanda Surf Club. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Salvation Army. Michael raised $3,000 for Samaritans Purse Australia and volunteered time to help build schools in disadvantaged Battambang, Cambodia. He was recently named as the Sydney South Young and Overall Volunteer of the Year.

The seven category winners are:

  • Emma Byrne, 27 of Canberra - First National Real Estate Leadership Award
  • Grace Partridge, 25 of Northbridge - The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
  • Hailee Provest, 21 of Windradyne - Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award
  • Michael Bonnici, 20 of Alfords Point - Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award
  • Jemma Smith, 18 of Daleys Point - Worldwide Sports Award
  • Alix O’Hara – Mashblox Pty Ltd, 29 of Deakin - WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award
  • Anastasia Volkova, 26 of Eveleigh - Soroptimist International Women Creating Change Award

Michael Bonnici was later announced as the 2018 NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year.

Winners each received $2,500 and a magnificent trophy courtesy of Masonicare. Michael received an additional $5,000 from Masonicare and an overall winner trophy.

Hannah Diviney was also announced as the NOVA 96.9 People’s Choice Award winner and received $1,000 worth of concert and movie tickets courtesy of NOVA 96.9.

The Awards night was the culmination of a tremendously successful year with hundreds of nominations received from across NSW/ACT.

Since the creation of the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Award in 2014, it has applauded the leadership, vision, excellence and commitment of young people, whilst highlighting their efforts and success. The purpose of the NSW/ACT Young Achiever awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age.


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