Dubbo stu­dent wins Fred Hol­lows award

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THE com­pas­sion­ate and kind na­ture of Dubbo South Pub­lic School stu­dent Mali Hop­kins-davies has been recog­nised at a cer­e­mony at Par­lia­ment House in Syd­ney this week.

Mali re­ceived the Fred Hol­lows Hu­man­ity Award af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by her teacher.

Fol­low­ing the loss of a lit­tle brother to SIDS, Mali and her fam­ily have be­come very ac­tive in the lo­cal com­mu­nity rais­ing funds and aware­ness of SIDS.

In Au­gust last year, she wrote an ar­ti­cle for Dubbo Photo News about her ex­pe­ri­ence. Mali’s very open and hon­est col­umn be­gan with these words: “Two years ago my world changed; I lost my brother Ri­ley to SIDS. It was the hard­est time of my life, some­thing I was never pre­pared for.”

Her teacher at Dubbo South, Lisa Lunn, said this sort of ma­tu­rity was one of the rea­sons she nom­i­nated Mali.

“Mali has or­gan­ised fundrais­ers, writ­ten news­pa­per ar­ti­cles and spear­headed our school’s Red Nose Day ac­tiv­i­ties with pas­sion and drive,” Mrs Lunn said.

“She’s an amaz­ingly driven and ma­ture stu­dent; she’s shown in­tegrity, pas­sion and drive in a man­ner that is be­yond her years.”

Mali was one of 79 stu­dents from across the state to be pre­sented with the award which is a na­tional ini­tia­tive of The Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion, and ac­knowl­edges Year 6 stu­dents who are fol­low­ing in the fa­mous eye sur­geon’s foot­steps by demon­strat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian values to­wards oth­ers.

Right: NSW Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Rob Stokes with Mali Hop­kins­davies and Found­ing Direc­tor of The Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion, Gabi Hol­lows. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED.

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