Kol hakavod to two young members of the Sydney Jewish community who have been selected for the Youth Community Service Awards, presented annually by the NSW Order of Australia Association.
Year 12 Masada College student Edward SchamSchula has been selected for his voluntary hours and contribution to the Rural Fire Service and leadership in community service. SchamSchula will be personally presented with the award by Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley on September 7.
Adam Leizer from Moriah College was also recognised with a Youth Volunteer Award. Leizer has been volunteering with Kids Giving Back for the past eight years – starting when he was just 10 years old.
“He is a fabulous example of how starting volunteering young helps build you into an empathetic, caring, humble leader,” Kids Giving Back posted on Facebook.
“He is a wonderful mentor for younger kids and we are so proud of him!”
Leizer spoke to Federal Member for Wentworth Allegra Spender after receiving the surprise award.
“At Kids Giving Back we provide a lot of opportunities for kids to really get involved in local community organisations in countless different areas and make change and represent themselves and their communities,” Leizer said.
“A generation of volunteers that we can build can really make change, not only in our local communities, but on the national and global level. It’s really important that we start now and everyone can really make a difference. It’s important for people and kids to know that – they can really make a difference.”