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Trae Wilson wins top award

Fifteen-year-old Trae Wilson has been recognised for his voluntary work within the Bourke community. Photo TWH

One of Bourke’s youngest and most enthusiastic volunteers has been recognised in the Australia Youth Trust’s Tom Harvey Award.

Trae Wilson is a Year 9 Bourke High School student who sets an outstanding example, not just for other youngsters, but for the entire community, through the volunteer work he does in the town.

The Tom Harvey Award recognises the outstanding contribution of a young citizen and includes a cash prize of $2,000 that is presented at the annual Commonwealth Day event held at Parliament House in Sydney.

Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth of Nations – a voluntary association of 1.8 billion people in 53 member nations.

Trae will be travelling to Sydney for the March 13 ceremony and said he was nervous but excited to be a recipient of the award.

Fourteen-year-old Trae said he enjoyed helping others and was inspired by his grandfather Keith Turnbull.

“Pop taught me to think of others and how much you can do for your community,” Trae said.

“So, I have a plan drawn up, where I mow people’s lawns, trim trees or help them out around their house, I offer to help out at Home Hardware, stacking shelves and that sort of thing, and I work as a volunteer at 2WEB, and I present a regular radio show on Friday afternoons.

“I also volunteer at the Bourke Preschool and really enjoy helping the kids out there,” he said.

Trae is one of the busiest people in the town but said he thoroughly enjoyed doing what he could. […]

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