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The Finalists have been selected for the Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award in the 2019 Seven News Young Achiever Awards. The Awards aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward the achievements valuable contribution young individuals make in their local communities.

The Finalists are:

  • Mikaela Sutherland, 22 of Sans Souci
  • Annabelle Smith, 16 of Broulee
  • Brooke Murray, 21 of Narellan Vale
  • Meg Cummins, 21 of Avondale

Mikaela Sutherland, 22 of Sans Souci volunteers for more than 300 hours a year. She is a regular blood donor and has organised fundraising initiatives for cerebral palsy and cancer research. She volunteers for the Mirabelle Foundation who assist children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental substance abuse. Meg also volunteers at ‘Plates 4 Mates’, providing food for the homeless. She is Director of Lifesaving for Wanda Surf Life Saving Club and the Youth Development Officer for Surf Life Saving Sydney. Mikaela has been an active member of Toastmasters International for two years and sits on the executive committee of the “Professional Women Sydney” club.

Annabelle Smith, 16 of Broulee volunteers with Moruya Special Nippers and Broulee Dolphins Access Rugby, both programs supporting children and adults with disabilities. She is the chairperson of the Moruya High School Student Representative Council and a member of the Eurobodalla Shire Youth committee. She also participates in Peer Tutoring, supporting struggling students to remain engaged in education. Annabelle participated in the NSW Youth Parliament, where she voiced her passion for youth with disabilities. As part of the Youth Frontiers Mentor Scheme, Annabelle created ‘The Inclusive Sports Day’, an opportunity for students with disabilities and mental illnesses to have fun, be involved and get active.

Brooke Murray, 21 of Narellan Vale supports multiple charities relating to women, children and mental health. Following recovery from mental illness, Brooke has dedicated herself to supporting others and raising awareness. She has raised over $2,500 for mental health charities to date. She started a social media campaign #whatkeepsmewellcampaign, aiming to flood social media with the various sources of support for positive mental health and wellbeing. Brooke speaks to students about mental illness and uses newspaper, social media and radio to expand on her advocacy. She is also an ambassador for The Crowned Journey Foundation, a nonprofit that helps raise awareness to stop sexual violence.

Meg Cummins, 21 of Avondale advocates for youth involvement and works towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The youngest State Commissioner for Scouts NSW, Meg is a strong leader and effective communicator, and quickly gains the respect of her peers and other youth members. She was instrumental in creating change in Rwanda as Project Manager in a Humanitarian Engineering project and lived in Borneo for a month to assist with maintenance in an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Meg volunteers with local Wildlife Rescue Organisations, hand-raising and rehabilitating orphaned Kangaroo Joeys. Meg is the youth representative on the University of Wollongong’s Global Challenge grant ‘Sustainable Development Goal.

When hard times hit or disaster strikes, our selfless young men and women often make the difference by giving their guidance, encouragement and much needed support. Volunteers spend their time offering friendship, hope and inspiration to the disadvantaged and those who need it most. The Community Service Award applauds our unsung heroes, acknowledging those young people who are passionate in putting the needs of others first.

The Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner to be held at Doltone House on Friday evening 1st March. Great prizes are up for grabs with each category winner receiving $1,000 cash and a $1,000 Bartercard account plus a trophy.

One of the nine category winners will be chosen as the 2018 NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year and will receive an additional $2,000 and an overall state trophy.

All Finalists will go into the People’s Choice Award presented by NOVA 96.9, which is run through our Facebook page; “Seven News Young Achiever Awards – NSW/ACT”. Please ensure you like our page and vote for your favourite Finalist. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner and will receive $1,000 worth of concert and movie tickets courtesy of NOVA 96.9.

Community members including friends and colleagues of each Finalist are invited to share this special occasion. Tickets are $140.00 each which includes a three course meal, beverages and entertainment. Tickets can be easily purchased online by visiting, clicking NSW/ACT, then clicking on the “purchase tickets” icon.

For further information about our other Finalists or purchasing tickets please feel free to contact the Awards Office on 1300 735 445.

Congratulations and good luck to all Finalists.

Since the creation of the Seven News Young Achiever Award – NSW/ACT 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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