Sarah’s Order of Australia Youth Community Service Award

The tireless community service efforts of Year 12 student Sarah Lovelady have been recognised by the Order of Australia Association. Sarah has been given the honour of receiving a Youth Community Service Award.

The OA Association describes the awards: ‘The Order of Australia recognises those who have made outstanding contributions that benefit their communities, and ultimately our country. These awards, by their very nature, define and identify role models at all levels within our communities and inspire us all to become more fully engaged citizens. The Order of Australia Association (NSW) Youth Community Service Award was instituted to recognise similarly outstanding service to the community by senior NSW secondary school students.’

The citation that was read out at the awards ceremony sums up Sarah’s dedication to serving others in her community:

‘Sarah is a Year 12 student and gifted musician at Ascham School, Edgecliff, with a passion for serving others, especially those suffering illness or hardship. For the last three years, she has joined her senior student peers helping children develop cooking, safety and life skills at the Holdsworth Disability Afterschool. She has further enhanced their learning through the therapeutic benefits of music on her violin, with several children now learning the basic violin skills.

She also initiated and led Project Harmony — a small musical group to entertain the elderly at nearby Lulworth House. Sarah participates in the Holdsworth Comedy for a Cause events and aged-care discussion groups to engage the elderly in conversation with young people about current issues.

Sarah was recently awarded the Woollahra Citizenship Award and nominated for the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award for her voluntary work. On a recent service learning tour in Cambodia, she became aware of a lack of basic stationery in schools and, on return, raised funds to assemble and forward a substantial consignment of stationery to Cambodia for distribution to schools. Sarah has considerable business skills and has also volunteered to form a lunchtime business club at school, to mentor her peers in this area.’

Here at Ascham, we’re so very proud of Sarah and all she contributes to the communities in her life. Her passion for serving others, especially those suffering illness or hardship, is a testament to her community spirit and leadership skills.

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