Youth Ambassadors proven Festival fund-raisers

Recent presentation of a cheque for more than $2000 to Cowra Hospital Auxiliary highlighted the vital role that the Youth Ambassador program plays in the annual Cowra Festival of International Understanding.

Youth Ambassador Erika Sullivan, sponsored by Cowra Dance Factory, presented the money to ladies from the Hospital Auxiliary who in turn awarded Erika a Certificate of Appreciation for her efforts.

The money was part of the more than $12,000 raised by the nine Cowra youth ambassadors with a special dinner announcing the winner for the 2017 Festival.

Overall winner for 2017 was Grace Gallagher — sponsored by St Raphael's Catholic School — who raised funds for Ronald McDonald House. Charity Winner for the highest fund-raiser for 2017 went to Tayla Garratt — sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cowra — who fund-raised for skin cancer research.

Other ambassadors included Jessica McLeish, Patrick Ryan, Olivia Perkins, Ben Price, Aiden Roberts, and Jaida Smith.

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West thanked the local youth who gave their time, effort, and commitment to this great initiative. "The event involved nine outstanding Cowra youth with sponsors ranging from the local schools, Rotary, youth service groups, and dance and sports clubs. Charities that have appreciably benefited by their efforts include cancer charities, sports clubs, accommodation centres, and youth groups," Cr West said.

A spokesperson for the Hospital Auxiliary, in accepting Erika's funding efforts, agreed: "Thank-you to the youth of Cowra, especially those involved in the Festival, for their wonderful support of their chosen charities and to their family and friends for their support."