Jackson awarded Young Volunteer of the Year
Jackson Lantry from Year 10 has always shown great compassion for others, from pioneering the JUMP (Josephine’s Undertaking Mission Projects) program since its inception in 2017, to volunteering for Coast Shelter Gosford, nursing homes, Oasis Centre Wyong, neighbourhood centres and packing Zonta birthing kits. He has supported many charities including the MacKillop Ghana Appeal, White Ribbon Australia, Relay for Life and more. This extends to his active participation in coaching a local soccer team, serving weekly College breakfasts, and mentoring in MacKillop’s PAL (Primary Assisted Learning) program. Jackson epitomises Mary MacKillop’s saying, “Never see a need without doing something about it,” helping others to build a healthier and well-connected community.
On 1 October, The Centre for Volunteering held the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards, an opportunity to hear stories first hand from local volunteers and, most importantly, to say thank you. Jackson’s amazing service work saw him awarded the Young Volunteer of the Year! Being among 118,000 nominations, this is a fantastic accomplishment for Jackson and we congratulate him on this well-deserved award. Jackson will now represent at the NSW finals and we wish him all the best.
We would also like to acknowledge Caleb Pantos (Year 10) and Rose Fergus (Year 9) who were also nominated, a great achievement for both of these fine young people. We are so proud of our JUMP (Josephine’s Undertaking Mission Projects) students, and the many K-12 service programs performed in the spirit of Mary MacKillop.