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Canterbury Youth Awards

Ellen Walsh —

Congratulations to Emma Brown (Year 13) who was selected as a finalist and awarded runner up in the Contribution to Well Being section at the 2018 Canterbury Youth Awards.

Emma was nominated for the amazing work she has done spreading awareness about endometriosis. 

In 2017 Emma ran a local variety concert and raffles to cover the cost for Endometriosis NZ to send an educator to South Canterbury to present not only to Roncalli College students but also three other local secondary schools. This was the first time Educators had presented in the region and thanks to Emma's hard work and generosity hundreds of young ladies where able to take part in the "ME" programme locally. 

That same year Emma won a 'super hero' award  that came with $500 which she donated to Endometriosis NZ. This year Emma ran a mufti day at the College to again raise funds to enable an educator to return to Timaru.

For her health promotion efforts Emma was contacted by the founder of endometriosis NZ and asked if she would like to accept a position on their board as the "voice of youth". Emma enthusiastically accepted this unpaid position and attends meetings every three months.

At the awards ceremony (which was held in Christchurch) Emma was presented with a certificate and pounamu. 

A fantastic effort Emma, well done.