An­other lo­cal hero for Biggen­den

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BRIS­BANE-BOUND: Lu­cas McAskill, of Biggen­den, is over­whelmed af­ter be­ing short-listed for QBANKs Ev­ery­day He­roes Award.

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