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Published 07 September 2018

A sufferer of juvenile arthritis, who founded the Kids Arthritis charity, won the volunteer award at the inaugural City of Tea Tree Gully Youth Achievement Awards this week.

Sarah Hammond started the charity in 2015 to help children and families living with juvenile arthritis avoid some of the pitfalls she has experienced.

“Sarah is an inspiration to young people facing adversity,” said Youth Development Officer Didcote.

 A total of 70 nominations were received for the awards, with category winners receiving $300 prizes.

 The event was hosted by the City of Tea Tree Gully Youth Leadership Group, a group established in January this year to enable local young people to develop life skills and values. 

Award winners

  • Inspiration: Chavvi and Shrutti Vashist and Katelyn O’Louglin
  • Leadership:  Aduer Yuel
  • Recreation and sport: Cassandra Hoare
  • Group project: Talk Out Loud
  • Indigenous: NAIDOC Literacy Project
  • Small business: Kanapinan Bunyuni
  • Environmental: Pedare Eco Force
  • Volunteer: Sarah Hammond
  • Employee: Amy Barnes

The awards were sponsored by the City of Tea Tree Gully. Polaris Business and Innovation Centre, Westfield Tea Tree Plaza and UnitingCare Wesley Bowden.

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