Up for hu­man­i­tar­ian award

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Yar­roweyah teenager Indyanna-Rose Cic­cone will board a plane to Syd­ney this week­end af­ter one of the big­gest achieve­ments in her young life.

Indy, 14, has been short­listed for the Miss Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year award at the Aus­tralian Beauty Pageant Awards.

The Miss Hu­man­i­tar­ian is some­one who has in­spired their lo­cal com­mu­nity by putting char­ity first, de­vot­ing their time, en­ergy and sta­tus to causes big and small and has helped raise aware­ness and bring hope to those who need it most.

Indy’s mother Kayla Mor­ris said the news Indy had made the fi­nals came as quite the shock.

‘‘We didn’t ex­pect any­thing out of it be­cause there are girls that have been do­ing it for years and years, but we got no­ti­fied on Novem­ber 18 that Indy had been nom­i­nated and made the fi­nals for Miss Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year,’’ Ms Mor­ris said.

‘‘The top award is Beauty Queen of the Year and then Miss Hu­man­i­tar­ian is the one di­rectly un­der that, and she’s com­pet­ing in the miss sec­tion, which is open age, not the lit­tle miss sec­tion, which is a pretty amaz­ing achievement.’’

Indy’s nom­i­na­tion came af­ter ap­pear­ing at the Con­ti­nents Pageant Aus­tralia in Syd­ney three weeks ago.

Direc­tor Kim Can­cel­lier was so im­pressed by Indy’s work that she took the step of nom­i­nat­ing her for the Miss Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year award.

Indy was nom­i­nated for her work with Aussie Helpers, which sup­plies ba­sic es­sen­tials to farm­ing fam­i­lies do­ing it tough.

De­spite it be­ing con­fronting work, Indy loves help­ing other peo­ple when pos­si­ble and has been do­ing it for al­most two years.

‘‘I know what’s go­ing on in the world, I’m not blind. I try and take ev­ery day as it is and ev­ery per­son as they are and try and help them as best as I can,’’ she said.

Indy’s com­pas­sion for oth­ers was ev­i­dent on a re­cent visit to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity do­ing it tough.

‘‘I went and saw an old Ital­ian cou­ple out Katunga way who had been on their farm for 50-odd years and their vouch­ers hadn’t come yet and they were so low in morale and were ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fi­nan­cial hard­ship, so I put some money on Visa cards and gave it to them,’’ Indy said.

It was not Aussie Helpers’ money, it was her own — show­ing just how in­vested she is in help­ing those less for­tu­nate than her­self.

Indy has run fundrais­ers for the Syd­ney Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal can­cer ward when she has been there for pageants.

‘‘I think the rea­son Kim nom­i­nated Indy was be­cause her work with Aussie Helpers is es­sen­tially sup­pling peo­ple with ba­sic hu­man needs as well as their dig­nity, to a de­gree,’’ Ms Mor­ris said.

She said no mat­ter the com­pe­ti­tion’s re­sult at the week­end, her ex­tended fam­ily would all be in­cred­i­bly proud of Indy’s achieve­ments and her work in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We weren’t ex­pect­ing Indy to get nom­i­nated, let alone make the fi­nal cut — and as I’ve said to her, even if she gets up there and doesn’t win, it’s awe­some peo­ple like Kim have seen what she has been do­ing and be­lieve that she re­ally has po­ten­tial,’’ Ms Mor­ris said.

Mak­ing an im­pact: Indyanna-Rose Cic­cone com­peted in the Miss Teen Aus­tralia com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this year and has now made the fi­nals of the Miss Hu­man­i­tar­ian of the Year award at the Aus­tralian Beauty Pageant Awards.

Help on the way: Yar­roweyah teenager Indyanna-Rose Cic­cone along­side items sup­plied by Aussie Helpers be­fore head­ing out to a lo­cal farm­ing fam­ily in need.

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