CROPPA Creek advocate Ethan Bellman was named a Fred Hollows Foundation Junior Ambassador.
The Year 6 student was one of 68 youngsters honoured with a humanity award at Parliament House in Sydney on September 5.
“It was kind of weird to be in a city and I thought Parliament House was going to be way bigger than what it really was,” Ethan laughed.
Nominated by Croppa Creek Public School principal Matthew Jackman, Ethan said he was very surprised to be an ambassador.
“I felt shocked and proud but after I had a talk with Mum I realised how good of a moment it was to be awarded the certificate at Parliament House,” he said.
Ethan humbly described some of the week-to-week projects he’s actively involved in.
“I give my time to the community fire brigade and sometimes I’ll see work needs done at the bowling green and the hall so I just help out where I can.”
Mr Jackman said Ethan regularly inspired the Croppa Creek community with his generosity.
“Ethan attended all community meetings to plan the annual event, ‘A Croppa Classic: A Walk Back in Time’ to display historical farm machinery and promote the rural farming community.
“I think there were maybe 10 meetings or so. He also restored several old lawn mowers for display and helped throughout the day,” Mr Jackman said.
Ethan was quick to voice concerns with the local council about the condition of Croppa Creek’s main road, with the goal of making his home town a better place to live.
“When the main road through the village deteriorated to an unacceptable level, Ethan voiced his concern to the local council and they responded by resealing the road.
“Ethan then contacted the council with concerns about road safety for cyclists, and signs were subsequently installed,” Mr Jackman said.
As junior ambassador, Ethan chose to donate $5 000 from Specsavers to The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Kenya program to help end avoidable blindness.
“Ethan chose the Kenya program because Croppa Creek people also have challenges accessing high grade medical facilities, obviously not the to extent of Kenya but it was something he could relate to,” Mr Jackman said.
The Fred Hollows Foundation founding director Gabi Hollows said the ideas and endless energy young people exhibited inspired her.