Raising $20,000 for tsunami survivors, organising fellow students to donate blood at the local hospital and setting up a fundraising drive for a Vanuatu school are just three of the many achievements Ballina High Schools Sally Hunt (pictured) can be proud of.
There are others, but these three were enough for Sally to be recognised with a NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) Childrens Week Award.
Sally, 18, was selected from more than 130 people for the award. She said her philanthropic nature was partly inspired by witnessing first-hand the poor conditions of Vanuatus schools during a marine studies excursion.
It was just really shocking to see it with my own eyes, said Sally. The buildings were practically falling down, the chairs were broken and there were no resources.
Sally had the satisfaction of personally handing over a cheque to the same Vanuatu community on her next visit and said it was incredibly rewarding to know she had really made a difference.
Sally is no stranger to media attention, having won the Zonta Young Women and Public Affairs award for her paper on the portrayal of women in the media titled Barbie, Botox and the Booty Myth. She also received an overwhelming public response to her Anzac Day speech delivered in Ballina and was asked to read it live on local radio.
Ballina High School principal Roslyn Mayberry said Sallys selflessness was inspiring.
Sally is a natural born leader and one who stands alone in terms of her modesty and concern for others, said Ms Mayberry. As principal I am extremely proud of Sallys achievements, and will be sad to see her go, but I think we are going to hear a lot more about her in the future.
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