TOP SERVICE AWARD
Aneesa Abdu, 16, from James Ruse Agricultural High School has won the Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA) run by the Zonta Club of Sydney Hills.
Students from 44 high schools in Western Sydney were invited to nominate for the award which targets young women between the ages of 16 and 19 who are involved in public affairs and and the volunteer sector.
Keru Lau and Kelly Ni, also from James Ruse Agricultural High School and Jade
Williams from Cerdon College were also named as finalists.
Candidates are required to provide evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
Aneesa was presented with her winner’s certificate and a cheque for $500 at he 26th Western Sydney IWD breakfast at the Novotel Sydney Parramatta, earlier tis month.
Her aim is study law with a focus on Family Law and aims to volunteer to further refugee rights as well.
As well as volunteering in various capacities at her school, including being a peer support co-ordinator, she has fundraised to help widows and orphans in Yemen and to provide home care packages for Syrian refugees.
Her nomination will now go on to the Zonta District Awards (NSW and ACT).
For more information about the Young Women in Public Affairs Award contact Sydney Hills Zonta member Brenda Bradbery at brendabrad[email protected]pond.com
THE YWPA FINALISTS: (LtoR) Keru Lau, Aneesa Abdu (winner) Kelly Ni and Jade Williams.