The selfless efforts of Walcha youth Jacob Hunt were recognised last week when he was announced as one of only 23 recipients of the NSW Branch of the Order of Australia Association's John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award.
Helping establish Walcha’s community radio station, supporting the successful turnaround of a local rugby league club, feeding the homeless in Sydney and door-knocking for the Salvation Army were all cited as the reason behind the decision.
The Armidale School Year 12 student is a founding member of the fledgling Walcha community radio station and has raised funds for equipment, facilities and transport to help revive the Bundarra Rugby League Club which recently competed for the first time in 21 years. For the past four years he has been part of a school group that has helped feed and give company to the homeless in Sydney and Katoomba and he has regularly door-knocked for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal for the past six years.
“Normally, community service is something that goes un-recognised, and I certainly never expected recognition or repayment for any of the work I undertook,” Jacob said.
“To be acknowledged at such a high level was humbling and an amazing experience. The speakers at the ceremony reinforced the importance of service and a willingness to assist others, so this award has just encouraged me to help out around the community even more.”