Volunteering wins teen award

Volunteering with World Vision and Orphans Aid International has helped a Southland teen earn a community youth award.

Former Central Southland College pupil Lydia Casey received the first Southland District Council Youth Spirit Award at a meeting yesterday, after being nominated by her classmates last year.

The award was established to honour a young person in the Southland district who had contributed to their school and community. Lydia was recognised for her voluntary work, which included participating in World Vision, Orphans Aid International and Canteen and organising a street appeal to raise money for people affected by the Christchurch earthquake.

Now she had completed study, Lydia hoped to work for a few years before applying to the New Zealand Police College when she had more life experience.

Southland District Council mayor Frana Cardno presented Lydia with a glass trophy, certificate and $100.

The Southland Times