Order of Australia for student

Year 12 student Hayden Zammit was humbled and proud to receive a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2012 Australia Day Honours List.

Hayden's citation read "For service to the community of Broken Hill through a range of fundraising and volunteering programs, and to youth leadership".

The 17-year-old, who attends Willyama High School in Broken Hill, has a long history of volunteering and raising money for charity, as well as being a school leader.

Willyama High principal Tony Hicks said Hayden had been and continued to be a wonderful ambassador for Willyama High School.

"As a student here Hayden has shown himself to be both empathetic and passionate about his fellow students, especially those who have on occasion required assistance," he said.

"Hayden has shown leadership qualities both at school as president of our SRC and within the wider Broken Hill community."

Hayden began fundraising and volunteering after a close relative was diagnosed with cancer.

His first event was to host an Australia's Biggest Morning Tea in his front yard to raise funds for the NSW Cancer Council. He also raised funds for Camp Quality and has since been involved in fundraising through programs such as Pink Ribbon Day, Daffodil Day and McHappy Day.

"I'm overwhelmed by the support I've received and grateful for others' commitment," Hayden said.

To date, Hayden and his family have raised more than $30,000.

Hayden believed it was important people did not take what they had for granted.

"Set a goal, a vision, and work towards what you may think is a dream," he said. "What you put in, you'll get back plus so much more."

Hayden's award also acknowledged his youth leadership activities.

He had been involved in programs including Rising Generation National Leadership Camp, NSW Youth Parliament, Global Young Leaders Conference in Washington DC and New York, as well as the 2010 NSW State SRC Conference.

"These programs have encouraged me to achieve goals, work to plans and to aim high," Hayden said.


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