Kids Helping Kids Awards

A NATIONAL award has been established to encourage philanthropy in Australian kids.

Entries for the Kids Helping Kids Awards are now open with schools across the nation ready to share their stories of support for kids in their local communities, around Australia, and throughout the world – anywhere kids are in need.

The inaugural Kids Helping Kids Awards will acknowledge the empathy and innate compassion of Australian school children, whilst recognising the tireless work of schools and educators who nurture and encourage the next generation of philanthropists.

Senator Ursula Stephens, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector, commended SchoolAid on establishing the Kids Helping Kids Awards and expressed her strong support for the nation’s first awards program rewarding and recognising outstanding achievements in school-based philanthropy.

“So often wonderful philanthropic acts fly under the radar,” she said.

“These new awards will celebrate and elevate these activities to a national level, inspiring and motivating others to experience the deep rewards of giving.

“We know that those who learn about the importance of giving at an early age tend to become life-long donors and volunteers. SchoolAid helps teachers and parents to instil in children these vital ‘habits of the heart’. ”

SchoolAid is a national schools-based philanthropy network empowering kids to help kids in crisis. The purpose is to promote a world where Australian children live the values of care and compassion and so develop a lifelong sense of moral and social responsibility.

The Kids Helping Kids Awards provides a much-needed avenue for these critical life skills and values to be rewarded through a national awards program.

SchoolAid’s sponsors, Microsoft and Cartoon Network have provided an incredible range of technology and entertainment prizes, whilst the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation is a primary supporter of the Awards.

In addition to strong government support, The Kids Helping Kids Awards has the endorsement of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA), Principals Australia (PA) and state Education Departments across Australia.

Awards ambassadors, who include media commentator and children’s author, Andrew Daddo, and former captain of the World Champion Australian Netball team, Anne Sargeant OAM, will personally visit winning schools throughout November 2010 to meet students and present prizes.

Finalists for each of the six categories, and the overall winner will be selected by a panel of expert judges representing fields of education, philanthropy and commerce. For more details, visit www.schoolaid.org.au.

Gympie Times


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