Real life superhero
MOSSMAN teenager Anton Santa Cruz has been nominated in the Young Leader category for being a “real-life superhero” as part of the Pride of Australia awards.
The busy 18-year-old has been helping the community by volunteering his time since he was 14 in surf lifesaving, Emergency Services cadets, the Rural Fire Service, the Blue Light Association, the State Emergency Services and is currently signing up for Queensland Fire and Rescue.
On the odd occasion Anton is not volunteering, he is working at Woolworths after graduating from Mossman State High School in 2011 and completing a diploma of justice studies with the College for Law and Justice to go towards his goal of becoming a Queensland police officer.
“I like to help the community and make somewhat of a difference and I think it’s a key role for a Queensland police officer and I’ve always wanted to be one,” he said.
“The benefits are being able to interact with the community, getting to know different people and know you’ve made a difference and benefited someone else volunteering your own time and doing what like you like to do best.
“Through the groups I have been part of I have made a difference to benefit the community but also myself, I have obtained different life skills, interacted with different people and obtained skills I will use when I am an actual police constable.”
Mr Santa Cruz has been nominated under the Young Leader medal category, which is one of ten including Outstanding Bravery, Courage, Heroism, Community Spirit, Child of Courage, Care and Compassion, Inspiration, Environment and Fair Go.
If you know someone in the community who deserves recognition for their efforts, nominate them at www.prideofaustralia. com.au. Nominations close next Tuesday, July 3.