Outstanding young women win for community service

RAWA Nazha from Birrong Girls High School and Jennifer Sayde from St Charbel’s College in Punchbowl, are among 25 students from across NSW who have been recognised with Youth Community Service Awards.

Presented by NSW Governor Margaret Beazley via zoom, the awards were conducted by the Order of Australia Association (NSW) Branch following nominations by school principals before being determined by a selection panel.
A prefect and sports captain this year, Rawa takes part in Chester Hill Neighbourhood school holiday programs as an activity leader.
She is a youth group leader for Masjid Al Rahman and assists annually at Yagoona Public School at the annual Iftar dinner.
She has forged connections with at-risk students entering Year 7, through the Peer Tutoring Program and has raised $25,000 for the Refugee Ration Challenge as well as $10,000 from the ‘50k in May’ challenge for Multiple Sclerosis.
She volunteers at Bupa Aged Care Centre and is a qualified swim instructor committed to teaching swim students with disabilities and those from socially disadvantaged families.
Jennifer’s projects include helping the school’s parish organise spiritual retreats, supporting soup kitchens, creating hampers for the homeless, visiting nursing homes and leading charity initiatives Caritas and Beat the Cold War.
A pen-pal for Australian, UK, US and NZ senior citizens, she also fundraises for Brain Cancer Awareness, rural schools affected bushfires, domestic violence victim support programs, Youth off the Streets and leads an advisory group at the council on youth affairs.