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Young achievers shaping the future

THE winners of nine categories in the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards were announced on 31 May, with 14-year-old Acton Park resident Campbell Remess being named the 2019 Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award winner.

Campbell was also announced as the Axsys People’s Choice Award winner and received a Fitbit Iconic from Axsys.

Campbell’s work in the community has greatly benefited thousands of children and families.

Through his initiative, ‘Project 365 by Campbell’, more than 1,700 bears have been gifted to children worldwide.

Campbell has also helped raise $200,000 for charities and supported children in hospitals during Christmas by giving them presents.

‘Kindness Cruises’ is a project created by Campbell through Project 365, and it aims to raise funds to book cruises for families impacted by cancer and other life-changing difficulties.

In 2016, Campbell became the first Australian to receive the CNN Heroes, Young Wonder Award.

Campbell’s work has inspired many other people, as he speaks regularly at schools to discuss the impact of kindness as opposed to bullying.

Tasmanian Young Achievers Awards event manager Stephanie Commons said the function was about celebrating great young Tasmanians in the community.

“It’s so important to recognise and acknowledge the work that our young people are doing, it motivates them to keep going and reach their goals,” she said.

“These young achievers shape our future.”

Other award winners on the night included:

Matthew Etherington – Premier’s Young Achiever of the Year.

Matthew Etherington – St. Lukes Health Healthier Communities Award.

Alex Morris Baguley – Colony 47 Transition to Work Award.

Elias Solis – Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award.

Karita Casimaty – TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award.

Zac Romagnoli-Townsend – Dental South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award.

Grace Birchall – University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award.

Samuel Watson – First National Real Estate Leadership Award.

Daniel Watkins – Motors Tasmania Sports Award.

Caption: Campbell Remess, left, presented with the Service and Volunteering Award by QEW Orchards chief executive officer Heather Chong.