Cowra's youth ambassadors give back

Cowra Rotary President Bill Murphy, Dorothy Donaghue, Anne Reeves, Pat Smith, Kate Price, Chrissy Slarke and Norma Ryan. Absent - Lucy Jones.
Cowra Rotary President Bill Murphy, Dorothy Donaghue, Anne Reeves, Pat Smith, Kate Price, Chrissy Slarke and Norma Ryan. Absent - Lucy Jones.

Cowra Festival of International Understanding Youth Ambassadors have donated funds they raised during the festival to local charities.

Kate Price and Lucy Jones, sponsored by Cowra Rotary Club and Brayden Shaw, backed by the Cowra Youth Council, recently handed over cheques to the Cowra Hospital Auxiliary and headspace respectively.

Ms Price thanked Rotary for enabling them to raise money for the Auxiliary.

"On behalf of Lucy Jones and myself, we would like to thank Ian Docker, Bob Griffths and all the Cowra Rotarians for their kindness, generousity and sponsorship," she said.

"Without your support, we would not be able to donate this cheque to the Cowra Hospital Auxiliary to help our town."

Cowra Hospital Auxiliary President, Pat Smith, said it was "outstanding" that the Youth Ambassadors committed their time and efforts to raising money for charity.

"Cowra is in good hands with these young people putting their hands up to help others, their family and friends are to be congratulated in supporting these young people," Mrs Smith said.

"We thank Kate and Lucy for all their hard work, we are very appreciative of their donation of $1000.

"It will be spent wisely to purchase medical equipment for Cowra Hospital to benefit patients, to help the health professionals in their recovery."

Mr Shaw handed his cheque for $553 over to Community and Youth Engagement Coordinator at headspace Bathurst, Karen Tolland. He said he chose headspace after he personally used the service.

"All the help they give to young kids and students, I've had a few issues myself and they helped me a lot," he said.

Mr Shaw said he raised the money with the help of his family.

"At the festival, my mum, she made over 100 cupcakes and 50 jellycups," he said.

"Mum didn't want to decorate all of the cupcakes so she decorated 50 of them and we had "decorate your own cupcakes" for $1."

Mr Shaw wanted to thank Linda Barron and the Youth Council for their support. Ms Tolland said it was great to see young people in regional communities putting their hand up to support worthy causes.

"We're really honoured to receive money. We're particularly always just so grateful when it's young people who come up with an initiative and are really wanting to improve the wellbeing of their communities," she said.

"headspace is a free service for young 12 to 15 so any kind of support we can get is great but young people are also the best advocates for mental health so it's really great to see young men like Brayden stepping up in the community and really helping to break down some of that stigma."