Greenock Primary School's Lucas Day's SA award

Premier Jay Weatherill with Fred Hollows Humanity award recipient Lucas Day and Gabi Hollows.
Premier Jay Weatherill with Fred Hollows Humanity award recipient Lucas Day and Gabi Hollows.

The close-knit Greenock community is revelling in the success of one of its primary students who has been honoured with a state award. 

Year 6 pupil Lucas Day was among 28 students from 22 South Australian schools to be recognised for compassion, integrity, and kindness during a special presentation ceremony for the Fred Hollows Humanity award at parliament house on Monday.

He is described by is peers as humble and an outstanding role model within the school and was nominated by his teacher, Ella Mickan, for going out of his way to get to know every one of his peers.

“Lucas does this by generously sharing his time to help his classmates if they are struggling with their school work and by ensuring younger students have someone to play with in the playground,” she said.

A national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Humanity award acknowledges Year 6 students who follow in Fred’s footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.

Premier Jay Weatherill and founding director of The Fred Hollows Foundation, Gabi Hollows, presented students with their certificates.

“The young South Australians we are recognising and rewarding today through the Fred Hollows Humanity Award are inspiring, and they are setting a tremendous example to the entire State,” Mr Weatherill said.

“They have excelled in a variety of endeavours, and they have touched the lives of many different people. What they have in common, however, is an instinct to put others before themselves and a desire to make this a better, kinder world.

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award began in the ACT in 2012 and expanded into South Australia this year, becoming a truly national initiative with 420 children nominated across the country.

“The endless ideas and energy of young people continues to inspire me and it was great to meet some of the students who are making a positive difference in their communities,” Gabi Hollows said.

“Fred would have been incredibly proud of the contribution these students are making to society and of The Foundation for recognising and encouraging them to help others, no matter how big or small their actions.

“To all of this year’s Humanity Award recipients and to the 2017 South Australian Junior Ambassador to The Foundation, I offer my warmest congratulations and my heartfelt thanks.”

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will return to South Australia in 2018. To learn more about the award visit www.hollows.org/humanityaward.