Newly graduated high school student Jorga Attard, from MacKillop College, was presented with the John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award at a ceremony at Government House recently.
Jorga was recognised for her dedicated volunteer work both as part of her school work and on her own time, and says she really tries to see the best in other people.
“I think I enjoy helping others so much because even little things can make a big difference to someone.
“I volunteer and help kids and adults with a disability, as well as volunteer at St Vincent de Paul and with the Orange Sky Laundry along with mentoring students at school,” said Jorga.
“In 2015, I visited our sister school Visale Community High School in the Solomon Islands and helped upgrade some of their facilities which was really cool, and since then we have also hosted some of the students when they came here.”
His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales, presented Jorga with the award for outstanding community service at a ceremony in Sydney.
“It was really exciting going to Government House, we had a tour of the house before myself and the other students who received a certificate of commendation were taken to meet His Excellencey.
“It was nerve wreaking at first but when I received my award he was really nice,” she said.
Conducted by the Order of Australia Association NSW Branch, students across the state were nominated by their school principal as being exemplary community role models before a selection panel determined the final award recipients.
Jorga’s citation said that she demonstrated a strong commitment to community service in both her school and the Hastings communities by fund-raising for communities in need.
It also acknowledged her work with the Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul, the Hastings District Respite Service and the BUPA nursing home in Kempsey, providing care, companionship and entertainment for residents, concluding that she was a very worthy recipient of the John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award.
Order of Australia Association NSW Branch Chairman, John Archer OAM, congratulated Jorga saying she is an exemplary community role model.
“Jorga is one of 26 high school students recognised to have selflessly volunteered their time to a wide range of organisations and for many very worthy causes while busily preparing for their HSC.
“She has contributed beyond the norm and her actions have inspired her fellow students and she is a beacon of inspiration for others to follow. Jorga did not seek recognition for her actions, but we honour her with the highest recognition available to NSW high school students,” said Mr Archer.