05 June 2013
Passionate and creative young South Australians are taking up the challenge to help beat cancer in their local communities through the new Cancer Council Youth Ambassador Project.
The initiative is open to young people from throughout the state, providing leadership training, the opportunity to put newly developed skills to the test through a series of practical challenges and make a difference amongst their schools and communities.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson, said that the project equips young people to be volunteer representatives in the fight to beat cancer.
“The new Youth Ambassador Project provides valuable leadership opportunities for young people while also helping to develop their skills in public speaking and event management,” said Professor Wilson.
“These Ambassadors have an important role to play through increasing awareness about how other young people can make a real difference in the fight to beat cancer – whether it be spreading the Quit Smoking message or hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to help fund cancer research, prevention and support.
“The earlier that people are aware of key preventative messages around cancer, such as the importance of being SunSmart and living a healthy lifestyle, then the better the outcomes will be.”
Prince Alfred College student, Nelson Ellis, is one of a group of Year 11 students from his school to join the program.
“The school presented me with the opportunity to become a Cancer Council Youth Ambassador and I jumped at the chance to be able to do my part for such an outstanding organisation,” Nelson said.
“In 2002, my father was diagnosed with cancer after getting a lump on his abdomen checked that had been there for a couple of years. Luckily for our family, Dad’s cancer was treated by radiotherapy and he is fit and healthy today.
“It’s only now that I realise how lucky he was. I know that Cancer Council SA has supported my Dad and so many other people like him and this was my chance to support them.
“Joining the Cancer Council Youth Ambassador Project and continuing to raise awareness of cancer is something easy that I can do to give back for their help with our brush with cancer.”
Professor Wilson added that the Youth Ambassadors will receive leadership training development that will help in undertaking three practical challenges.
“I’m inspired by the energy and determination I see in this group of Youth Ambassadors and I’m certain they will make a difference in their local communities,” Professor Wilson said.
“We are excited to have this new initiative up and running, 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.”
Cancer Council’s Youth Ambassador Project follows the highly successful Ambassador Project in taking a more active presence in regional and metropolitan communities.
For more information about the Youth Ambassador Project and how people can get involved visit - www.cancersa.org.au/youth-ambassador-project