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Local youths nab national awards

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Eamon Walsh. PHOTO/FILE
Eamon Walsh. PHOTO/FILE

Rotorua teens Eamon Walsh and Greagh Love have been recognised nationally for their contributions to the community.

The pair were among those announced yesterday as winners of this year's national Youth Awards.

Eamon, a Year 12 John Paul College student, was recognised in the Working for Youth category while Greagh received a Giving Back award.

Greagh Love. PHOTO/FILE
Greagh Love. PHOTO/FILE

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye said the awards were about recognising extraordinary young people.

Eamon currently sits on the Rotorua Youth Council, tutors other students and has a well-documented involvement in community youth initiatives.

"I've known for about two weeks that I had won an award but I had to keep it quiet. It was pretty mean to find out I had won though.

"I didn't even know about the awards, it wasn't until Chris Webber, who is the co-ordinator of the youth council, told me to apply that I found out about it.

I definitely think the awards need more publicity because there are heaps of young people doing really amazing things in the community who deserve recognition."

Eamon said he was grateful to his family and the community for giving him the opportunities to get involved in youth initiatives.

Greagh received her award for her efforts in raising more than $10,000 for two Cuddle Cots, to be donated to Rotorua Hospital.

A Cuddle Cot is a cooling system that discreetly sits inside a bassinet, and allows families to keep their babies with them just that little bit longer after their death.

Greagh said she felt blessed to be recognised nationally for her efforts, following the stillbirth of her daughter when she was 16.

"It's yet another opportunity to spread awareness about the hidden tragedy of stillbirth and infant loss in New Zealand which is why Cuddle Cots are so needed.

Greagh was nominated four times for four different categories by members of the Rotorua public.

"I feel so overwhelmed that my daughter Sunshine's memory is continuing to enhance our community and that people acknowledge the worth of these resources as much as I do."

Rotorua MP Todd McClay congratulated the pair.

"I am delighted both Eamon and Greagh have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the community."

- Rotorua Daily Post

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