Recog­nised for anti-bul­ly­ing book

Leah Trott nom­i­nated her daugh­ter Lau­ren for the Queens­land Young Achiever

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

WHEN Leah Trott first heard about the Queens­land Young Achiever nom­i­na­tions she knew her daugh­ter Lau­ren had more than qual­i­fied for a nom­i­na­tion af­ter pub­lish­ing her own self-help book.

“I saw the nom­i­na­tions had opened up in the pa­per and thought it would be good to put in an ap­pli­ca­tion to see what hap­pens,” Mrs Trott said.

“To hear that her name was put on the list is great.”

Lau­ren Trott has been nom­i­nated for the Ac­cess Com­mu­nity Ser­vices and Mul­ti­cul­tural Youth Queens­land Cul­tural Di­ver­sity Award for her book The An­i­mal Anti-Bul­ly­ing Sur­vival Guide.

This is one of seven cat­e­gories that re­wards and pro­motes the pos­i­tive achieve­ments of young Queens­lan­ders.

“Peo­ple tell me it’s a re­ally good book and that they will give it to their nieces and other kids to read too,” Lau­ren said.

“It makes me feel re­ally good, there was one girl and her mum said she was dis­abled and she wanted to give the book to her be­cause she was hav­ing a hard time at school.

“She saw our Face­book page and con­tacted me and said she re­ally wanted to be able to help her daugh­ter so we de­liv­ered the book to them in Childers and got to meet them which was great,” Mrs Trott said.

Judg­ing is on March 8.

“We had to an­swer some ques­tions about Lau­ren in the ap­pli­ca­tion,” Mrs Trott said.

“About the chal­lenges she has faced and how it has con­trib­uted to her life and to re­flect ton what she has achieved.

“The main thing is about Lau­ren be­ing the driv­ing force be­hind her own goal of print­ing this book.”

Lau­ren wrote an anti-bul­ly­ing book with strate­gies based around a unique wildlife theme to help other young peo­ple com­bat bul­ly­ing and show re­silience.

“Lau­ren sees the world dif­fer­ently and is in­ven­tive and cre­ative,” Mrs Trott said.

“Af­ter sav­ing her money, cre­at­ing sev­eral drafts, pur­su­ing and be­ing turned down by pub­lish­ers for two years, she never gave up and fi­nally got her book printed.

“Stem­ming from her love of an­i­mals and her re­silient nature, she came up with some great ideas to com­bat any mean words or ac­tions.”

Lau­ren has started her first year of high school and is en­joy­ing the chal­lenges.

Lau­ren sees the world dif­fer­ently and is in­ven­tive and cre­ative.

— -Leah Trott

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

MOTHER AND DAUGH­TER: Leah Trott nom­i­nated her daugh­ter Lau­ren.

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