We are strong supporters of our local community and our First National (FN) organisation sponsors various initiatives and programs across the country, including a national partnership with Red Cross through its First National Foundation.
This philanthropic arm of the network was founded to consolidate fundraising efforts and strengthen our local communities.
In addition, FN Real Estate sponsors the Victorian Young Achievers Awards, which highlight the work of young leaders making a difference across our communities.
The awards comprise of 10 individual categories including the First National Real Estate Leadership Award and the Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria Regional and Rural Health Award, in which local Echuca woman Amy Whitten has been named a finalist.
Twenty-four-year old Amy has been recognised for establishing BEAM, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to change the perception of people living with a disability.
BEAM incorporates occupational therapy and functional movement into a movement-to-music program for vulnerable children and families from rural communities, many of whom have additional needs.
On the back of her achievements Amy was invited to join the Golden Key International Honour Society, elected president of the Bendigo Occupational Therapy Student Association and actively advocates for inclusion.
The winner of this year’s Victorian Young Achiever Awards will be announced at a gala presentation on May 18 and we wish Amy all the very best.
The awards began in 2012 to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of young people aged 29 years or younger. Category winners receive $1,000 into a Bank of Melbourne account, a $1,000 Bartercard account while the overall Young Achiever of the Year winner receives a $2,000 Jetstar flight voucher.
Good luck to Amy and we wish her all the very best in what looks set to be a very bright future for this inspiring young women.