Award takes the cake

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

HIS de­sire to help and sup­port others, de­spite deal­ing with his own med­i­cal ill­ness, has earned Wes­ley Col­lege stu­dent Nathan Duke-Yonge the 2017 Fred Hol­lows Hu­man­ity Award.

Nathan (11) was born with Mar­cus Gunn jawwink­ing syn­drome, a rare con­di­tion in which the mus­cle of his eye­lid was con­nected to his jaw, caus­ing his eye to open and close with the move­ment of his mouth.

“Be­fore my first surgery at (age) two or three, I used to have my (left) eye closed all the time,” Nathan said.

“I couldn’t open my eye with­out open­ing my mouth, so I have had about four surg­eries to stop that and to help straighten my eye and lift my eye­lid.”

Wes­ley Col­lege Head of Mid­dle School Peter Dun­ning nom­i­nated Nathan for the Fred Hol­lows Hu­man­ity Award af­ter Nathan held a cake stall at school to raise money so he could help others who could not af­ford surgery to have their sight re­stored.

“Last year, on the day be­fore his own surgery, Nathan set up a cake stall, rais­ing about $75, which he gave to the Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion,” Mr Dun­ning said.

“He works tire­lessly for others and never com­plains about his eye­sight, his op­er­a­tions or his con­di­tion.

“He is a won­der­ful am­bas­sador, not just for his fam­ily and our school but also for all the boys and girls who suf­fer th­ese con­di­tions and un­dergo op­er­a­tions.”

Nathan held his stall again this year, rais­ing about $300, which could help about 12 chil­dren with eye con­di­tions like him.

Kew­dale stu­dents Ahmed Liban Mo­hamed, Farwa Na­hoori and Tarek Ah­mad Hawchar also re­ceived a Hu­man­ity award this year.

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Wes­ley Col­lege stu­dent Nathan Duke-Yonge with his award.

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