Awards honour inspirational young Western Australians
A total of 32 young people who have overcome significant obstacles to strive towards an independent and fulfilling future have been recognised at the Perth Airport Achiever Awards today.
The Perth Airport Achiever Awards, hosted by the Department of Communities, are the only known Australian award program of their kind that financially rewards young people who are in care or who have left care, so they can pursue further education or training goals.
The presentation event at The University of Notre Dame Australia – Fremantle campus, saw each young person awarded up to $4,000 in prize money to lessen the financial burden and enable them to focus on the more important aspect of learning.
The Achiever Awards are supported by Perth Airport, Edith Cowan University, The University of Notre Dame Australia – Fremantle campus, Curtin University, the Foster Care Association of Western Australia (Inc), Murdoch University, RTRfm 92.1, Scitech, and the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation.
For more information about the Perth Airport Achiever Awards or on becoming a foster carer, click here.
“These young people have faced enormous obstacles in their early years. However, they have found the strength and resilience to pursue further education and training opportunities to make a difference in not only their lives, but also others,” said Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk.
“It is also important to acknowledge the young winners’ support network which includes family and foster carers – they have been incredibly important in helping and encouraging these young people to find their paths in life.”