Melanie Loomes (left) and Madison Blue Beckerleg of Lennox Head will travel to Washington DC to attend the 2010 Global Young Leaders conference.
Melanie Loomes (left) and Madison Blue Beckerleg of Lennox Head will travel to Washington DC to attend the 2010 Global Young Leaders conference. Doug Eaton

From Lennox to New York and DC!

LENNOX HEAD Year 10 students, Melanie Loomes and Madison Blue Beckerleg, are in training as future leaders with their nomination to represent their school in the USA next July.

The Southern Cross School K-12 pupils will travel from their homes in Lennox Head to New York and Washington DC to attend the 2010 Global Young Leaders conference.

The 15-day conference is an experiential educational program.

“It’s a big step to go out of Australia,” Melanie said.

Students from 100 countries will attend the global conference run by the United States Congressional Youth Leadership Council.

Madison said the conference will broaden their leadership skills.

“The last four days of the conference are about discussing the United Nations Global summit, and we are helping them with ideas,” she said.

“It’s a little daunting,” she added.

The experience will include looking at world trade, international finance and the art of conflict resolution.

The trip will cost $4500 each and with only $50 saved the girls have put on their thinking caps for fundraising ideas.

They have sent letters to businesses in the Lennox Head community and plan to run a car wash in Ballina and host a trivia night.

They’ve also taken photos of Lennox Head and compiled them on a calendar that will be for sale at Thingabobs and Whatzits in Lennox Head.

Both girls are on the school’s Student Representative Council and know about community work.

“We are always on hand to help out,” Melanie said.



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