Young writers reap rewards for others
February 28, 2008
Compelling essays by five young Australians have been selected from
hundreds as winners in the annual Caltex Best All Rounder Award's
national writing competition.
The writing competition is launched towards the end of each year
and is open to recipients of the Caltex Best All Rounder Award. The
award is offered to secondary schools across Australia and is
conferred on final-year students who have given of their best in
the classroom, on the sports field and in their community.
Entrants were asked to write a persuasive recommendation explaining
why Caltex should donate $1,000 to a charity or community
organisation of their choice. In addition to winning the donation
for the organisation they promote in their submission, the winners
receive $500 for their schools and $500 for themselves.
The winners are Tim Bell of Erina Heights, NSW; Perri Burns and
Claire Chisholm both of Melbourne, Victoria; Georgina Clutterbuck
of Mooloolah, Queensland; and Ashley Leal of Cowra, NSW.
Tim wrote about the role his local Autism and Asperger's Family
Support Group played in his remarkable life journey since being
diagnosed with autism at five.
Perri described the commitment of the Point Lonsdale Surf Life
Saving Club to preserving life at Point Lonsdale's potentially
dangerous Back Beach.
Claire presented the achievements of, and challenges facing,
Melbourne Youth Music, an institution dedicated to developing the
skills of young Victorian musicians.
Georgina promoted the work of the Red Cross Blood Bank, an
organisation that quietly saves lives with the help of the
Ashley wrote of the dire need for a new cardiotocograph machine in
the maternity unit of Cowra's hospital. The machine assesses foetal
heartbeats and without it, mothers in her region would have to
travel hundreds of kilometres to deliver their babies.
Entrants into the competition wrote passionately about a wide range
of charities, clubs and organisations close to their hearts.
"Whether they were speaking up for their local footy team or an
international charity, competition entrants displayed a deep desire
to help others," said Caltex Managing Director and CEO Des King.
"Many drew movingly on personal experiences and collectively the
submissions were testimony to the generosity of fine young people -
future leaders of our community."
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