Another local hero for Biggenden
BIGGENDEN’S Lucas McAskill is Brisbane-bound after being short-listed for QBANK’s Everyday Heroes Award after being recognised as making a positive difference in his community
The Riverside Christian College Year 11 student will take his mum, Kate, to attend luncheon on Friday at the Queensland University of Technology in the city.
Lucas was nominated through his involvement since he was a founding cadet of the Biggenden PCYC Emergency Service Cadets in 2014. He is now a cadet leader.
Lucas said he was pretty shocked, honestly, when his mum told him about it.
“I had a look at the people who were selected alongside me and I thought there was no way I'd be getting any further,” he said.
“To be selected as a finalist was pretty unexpected and a massive achievement which I am proud of.”
Lucas said cadets had given him many opportunities to learn new skills, obtain qualifications and participate in things that teenagers didn’t normally get to do.
“Without the cadets and the community support behind the organisation much of what I have been credited for, would not have happened so I owe these achievements to the community and the cadets,” he said.
PCYC Emergency Services cadets co-ordinator Moira Thompson said Lucas was an unassuming young person, who had volunteered hundreds of hours, quietly and without drawing attention.
“He is generous with his time, eagerly assisting where ever necessary, particularly if this involves the care of younger children,” she said.
“He is still in cadets, but the demands of study and school travel are having a big impact.”
BRISBANE-BOUND: Lucas McAskill, of Biggenden, is overwhelmed after being short-listed for QBANKs Everyday Heroes Award.