Sense of values a family trait
ASHLEIGH PRINGLE was recently recognised for the many and diverse ways in which she gives freely for the betterment of the wider community.
The 17-year-old, who took out this year's Kids in Community award for Individual Supporting the Community, said she was inspired to help others by her parents.
“Mum and dad are such amazing people to foster as many people as they do,” she said.
“By their actions, they've taught me how to value and support the foster children who stay with us.
“It's the way I've been raised. I love them and the values they've taught me”
“These children have experienced a variety of families and sometimes we talk, but what they tell me depends on how close they want me to be.
“It's great seeing them trying to turn their lives around. I know I'd like to help with that. I love to help anyone whenever I can.”
Ashleigh goes out of her way to help. She actively fundraises for the Cancer Council, Legacy, Salvation Army and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
For her community service part of her Duke of Edinburgh undertaking, she chose to deliver library books to those who can't get to the library.
“Not everyone has a car or access to public transport all of the time. It's just a small way of making things easier for them,” she said.
“After completing my HSC this year, I want to study nursing at Southern Cross University to hopefully put me in a better position to further help others.
“It would be good to see more people my age give back to the community by helping in some way.
“I feel if there was more education available showing where help is needed, more young people would become involved and be more comfortable with it.”