Show of kind­ness awarded

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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.”

Pic­ture: Con­trib­uted

LEAD­ING BY EX­AM­PLE: Jax­son Wy­man and Matthew Rowlings with for­mer Olympian Susie O’Neil, re­ceive their Fred Hol­lows Hu­man­ity Awards.

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