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  • Young leaders beating cancer in their community

    31 October 2014

    Young people are taking up the challenge to help beat cancer in their local communities and this week a group of local students will become the second crop of graduates from the Cancer Council Youth Ambassador Project.

    Applications to join the program increased significantly in its second year with 35 school students from across metropolitan and regional schools set to graduate as part of this year’s class.

    Applications are already being received from secondary school students keen to be considered to join the 2015 program.

    The students will graduate from this year’s program at a special event on Friday 31 October at SAHMRI.

    Former Governor of South Australia, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, and new Chairman of Cancer Council SA’s Board of Directors, will address the students at the graduation.

    The Youth Ambassador Project is a leadership development program open to secondary school students from throughout the state and is centred around a series of practical challenges that empower students to make a difference in their schools and communities.

    Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson, said the Youth Ambassador Project helps young people develop leadership skills as they help fight cancer.

    “These Youth Ambassadors are tomorrow’s leaders in the fight to beat cancer. I’m inspired by the energy and determination I see in these young people and I’m certain they have made a difference in their local communities,” Professor Wilson said.

    “Our Youth Ambassadors have an important role to play increasing awareness about how other young people can cut their cancer risk.

    “The earlier that people are aware of vital health messages, such as the importance of being SunSmart and living a healthy lifestyle, then the better the outcomes will be.”

    Demand from schools to join the program has been so strong Cancer Council SA plans to expand the Youth Ambassador Project next year.

    Professor Wilson added that the Youth Ambassadors received leadership training development which helped in undertaking three practical challenges.

    “We are excited to have this project receive so much support in the community, and through empowering our young people in these types of programs, we are ensuring the effective delivery of key information to people of all ages,” Professor Wilson added.

    For anyone wanting more information, or details on how to get involved, visit www.cancersa.org.au/youth-ambassador-project

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