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.
“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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