Tom Harvey Award for Citizenship
David Harvey (left), Vice President, Australia Youth Trust with recipient Paul Ell, winner of the 2018 Tom Harvey Award and his proud grandparents.
The Tom Harvey Award is named after the late inaugural Chairman of the Australia Youth Trust and recognises the outstanding contribution of a young Australian citizen between the age of 15 and 30 years. It comprises a cash prize of $2,000, and is presented at the annual Commonwealth Day Luncheon held at Parliament House, Sydney.
Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth of Nations – a voluntary association of 54 member nations, including 1.8 billion people or 30% of the world’s population.
The award is made as part of a wider programme of grants made by the Trust to assist young people working together within Australia and developing Commonwealth nations within our region, supporting projects such as:
- the relief of poverty and suffering
literacy, education, training and employment opportunities and
the promotion of youth leadership exchange.
Past recipients of the Tom Harvey Award for Citizenship:
- Paul Ell (2018) for giving back to others to encourage them to recognise their abilities and strive towards a better future
- Max Rabbett (2017) for working in teaching young underprivileged indigenous Australians all aspects of hospitality
- Kate Murton (2016) for her work in fundraising to build an operating theatre in Bahati, Kenya
- Sophie Roden (2015) for her work in Zambia teaching AIDS awareness and reproductive health
- Julian O’Shea (2014) for his work as a humanitarian engineer in underdeveloped countries
- Jess Jacobson (2013) for her work in developing communities to enable young people to break the poverty cycle through education and vocational skills training
- Brittany Joyce (2012) as a volunteer worker working with HIV infected children in Kenya
- Robert Ma (2011) for establishing a special mentoring program for indigenous high schools to support their studies and aspirations for entry to university
- Nicole Kuepper (2010) for her development of a revolutionary solar cell that can be manufactured at low temperatures using everyday items
- Clary Castrission (2009) for his contribution in the construction of a Learning Centre in Bangalore for severely underprivileged children
- Karangi Public School NSW (2008) for the school community’s efforts in undertaking environmental rehabilitation and sustainability projects
- Angela Bailey (2007) for helping to establish a school for under privileged children in Tanzania
- Melissa Hurd (2006) for working with homeless children in Dhaka, Bangladesh
- James Strong (2005) to undertake vocational education training in the Cook Islands
- Christina Parasyn (2004) for her work with disability programmes in the Maldives
- James Moody (2003) for his work with the UN on sustainable development
- Veronica Anderson (2002) for her rehabilitation and care of youth people through the Youth Off the Streets programme and
- Tammy Van Wysse (2001) for her marathon swim in support of the Murray-Darling system.