Holley crams more into 11 years than most manage in lifetime
WHAT Holley Somerville-Knott has achieved in her 11 years is more than most would hope to achieve in a lifetime.
The young entrepreneur has recently returned from NSW Parliament House in Sydney, where she took out the Green Globe Award for Youth Sustainability against hundreds of other entrants across the state.
"I was very honoured to receive this award because the age of the applicants actually went up to 25," she said.
"It's not just about me getting recognition; it's about getting recognition for standing up for our planet."
Judges applauded Holley's initiatives to raise funds and awareness around issues such as coal seam gas mining, climate change, sustainability, homelessness, koala populations and deforestation through her charity foundation Stardust Entertainment.
Holley has raised funds for local charities, so far including:
- The homeless shelter
- Salvation Army
- Lennox Head fire brigade
- Seabird Rescue
- Rainforest Rescue
- Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
- Friends of the Koala
At eight years old, the young performer and charity buff merged her two passions to create Stardust Entertainment, which aims to help the planet, people and animals in need.
It started as an impromptu busking session outside Ballina's Woolworths store and has grown exponentially from there.
"People were actually putting money inside my hat and then we went inside the shop and some ladies asked me to sing again," she said. "The whole aisle just stopped and listened and they clapped and cheered."
All the money Holley raises through performing, be it at festivals, busking or otherwise, goes towards the foundation.
Holley will take to the stage alongside big names like Pete Murray, Ash Grunwald, The Herd and Tex Perkins for the Rock the Gate concert at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney on Sunday, November 23.
She will cap off the busy month as a keynote speaker on the main stage at the Sydney sustainability EcoXpo at Prince Alfred Park.
"Unconventional gas mining will be a big part of the problem side of the speech and renewable energies will be the solutions," she said.
Holley said her focus at present was getting CSG banned across the country and becoming a "famous" performer and activist.