Show of kindness awarded
TWO extraordinary young men from the Maranoa have been awarded for their kindness, compassion and integrity at the Fred Hollows Humanity Awards in Brisbane.
Matthew Rowlings of Roma State College and Jaxson Wyman of St Patrick’s Mitchell were both nominated for the award, along with 44 other Year 6 students from across Queensland, because they follow in the footsteps of beloved Australia philanthropist Fred Hollows, by sharing his humanitarian values towards others.
Roma boy Matthew Rollings received a highly commended award at the ceremony on November 6, after being nominated by his mum Janet.
“Matthew rang Kids Helpline to educate himself on how to help a classmate who had revealed she was suicidal,” Ms Rowlings said.
“He’s always been the kid who stands up for victims of bullying and he befriends other students that have been excluded and ostracised.
“He gave all of his money to a friend of mine who had his wallet stolen and he was recently given money and he’s decided instead of keeping it, he’d rather donate it all to charity.”
At school, Matthew tries to encourage his peers to be just a little nicer to each other and, through his actions, has shown that kindness begets kindness.
“Other kids in my class think I am really different, and when we hang around together, they will also stick up for me if there is someone trying to bully me,” he said.
“When other kids are doing the wrong thing, I try to persuade them to do the right thing.”
In Mitchell, Jaxson Wyman is also leading his peers by example in a variety of ways.
Because of that, he was nominated for the award by St
Patrick’s School principal Zoe Stewart.
“Jaxson is our school captain and very proud Gunggari boy,” Ms Stewart said.
“He leads assemblies with acknowledgment to country in the Gunggari language and is currently teaching our Year 5 students to be leaders of his culture.
“He consistently participates in Meals on Wheels and visits patients in hospital – spreading happiness and bringing joy to the residents.”
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Jaxson Wyman and Matthew Rowlings with former Olympian Susie O’Neil, receive their Fred Hollows Humanity Awards.