Lynn’s mov­ing trib­ute

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

HAMIL­TON Hill res­i­dent Lynn Crasto has taken out the Min­is­ter for Youth’s Most Out­stand­ing Youth Worker Award at this year’s WA Youth Awards.

Mr Crasto de­liv­ers street-based out­reach in Angli­care WA’s Street Con­nect pro­gram, hav­ing de­vel­oped and de­liv­ered the “Up and Run­ning” project.

The project en­gages marginalis­ed and dis­en­gaged young home­less peo­ple in reg­u­lar ex­er­cise ap­pro­pri­ate to their needs.

Mr Crasto said re­ceiv­ing his award was very hum­bling but the high­light for him was stand­ing on stage with so many other amaz­ing young peo­ple who had been nom­i­nated.

“I do this as a ca­reer and a job but there are so many young peo­ple out there giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity, some as young as 11, who vol­un­teer their own time, who are also at school and uni­ver­sity and they do it out of the kind­ness of there heart,” Mr Crasto said.

“They are so young it’s very, very re­fresh­ing to see that they are be­ing recog­nised for­mally for it and at such a large gala event.”

Youth Min­is­ter Peter Tin­ley said the WA Youth Awards were a fan­tas­tic re­minder of the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions made by young peo­ple in WA.

“These in­spir­ing young peo­ple have con­trib­uted more in their life­times than many peo­ple twice their age and I hope they will in­spire other Western Aus­tralians to ask them­selves how they can make a dif­fer­ence to their own com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

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