Nominate a Bundaberg Region young achiever

2018 winner Bundaberg's Mykeala Campanini, founded the animal rescue charity ‘Happy Tails’ in Brisbane to re-house pets that would otherwise be impounded and euthanised.

Nominations are being called for the Seven News Young Achiever Awards to encourage, acknowledge and promote the positive achievements of young people from across Queensland.

The 2018 winner, Mykeala Campanini, grew up in Bundaberg before she decided to take her passion for animals to Indooroopilly where she founded the animal rescue charity, ‘Happy Tails‘.

The organisation re-homes pets that would otherwise be impounded and euthanised.

Mykeala manages over 170 volunteers, saved 200 animals in her first six months of operation and secured government funding to deliver the state's  first purpose-built facility to provide safety for pets when families flee domestic violence.

The passionate animal lover said being named the 2018 Queensland Young Achiever of  the  Year had  created some amazing opportunities for her charity.

Mykeala Campanini receiving her award.
Mykeala Campanini receiving her award.

“Through the awards night I was able to meet so many other amazing young people and it was truly inspiring,” she said. 

“It was  so wonderful to see recognition being  given to young people such as  myself who put so much into our causes, in an effort to make a difference.

“The  award  money  has  helped  my  charity  further some  of  our  initiatives  and  allowed  me  to  make many  connections  that  have  led to  funding  and support  for  myself  and  my  group  to  further  our work.”

Mykeala isn't the only Bundaberg local to achieve recognition at the awards event.

Earlier this year, Mayor Jack Dempsey commended Emily Smith, Robert McLellan and Aiden Meldrum who were announced as finalists in the 2019 Young Achiever Awards.

Young Achiever Awards: how to nominate

With the awards now gearing up again, the Bundaberg community is being urged to nominate outstanding young people up to and including 29 years of age.

Nominations are now open and will close on 12 December.

The winner will be announced at a special gala presentation dinner on 1 May next year.

Each category winner will receive $2000 in prizes and a trophy and the 2020 Queensland Young Achiever of the Year will receive an additional $2,000 in prizes and a prestigious state trophy.

Do you know someone amazing who deserves recognition for everything they do?

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