Origami wins hearts of cancer sufferers

Thursday, 25 October 2018

An Avondale Heights primary school student has won Moonee Valley City Council’s Young People’s Award for his work creating origami to cheer up cancer sufferers and raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Daniel Nguyen was presented with his award last week by Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek, who recognised the 12-year-old’s compassion and creativity when it came to helping others.

“This award celebrates young people in Moonee Valley and their achievements and contributions to our community and Daniel is a worthy recipient of the award,” Cr Sipek said.

“Among his many achievements, after hearing about a former student’s battle with cancer he ran workshops with staff and the student’s siblings to make origami love hearts containing messages to cheer them up. His passion for helping others continued when he produced a ‘guess how many’ fundraising jar of origami cranes to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital.”

Portfolio holder for Access, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Cr Cam Nation said the award winners are chosen by our Young People’s Committee, a group of young people who advocate and inform Council on a range of issues that affect local young people.

“The committee provides young people in Moonee Valley with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, support youth-led initiatives and improve Moonee Valley as a place for young people to live and thrive,” Cr Nation said.

“The Young People’s Awards are Council’s way of showing that young people matter and are active citizens in their own right.”

Visit our Young People's Award page to find out more about the awards.

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Phone: 03 9243 8813; Mobile 0447 517 177; Email: media@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM