HUMANITY AWARD: Ruby Belbin accepts her Fred Hollows Humanity Award from Fred Hollows Foundation ambassador Susie O'Neill.
HUMANITY AWARD: Ruby Belbin accepts her Fred Hollows Humanity Award from Fred Hollows Foundation ambassador Susie O'Neill. Contributed

Showing kindness brings reward

FOR Biggenden grandparents, Laurie and Leann Hebblewhite, it was a proud moment when they learnt their granddaughter was a recipient of a Fred Hollows Humanity Award.

Granddaughter Ruby Belbin, a Year 6 student at Bloomsbury State School, 100km north of Mackay, recently flew to Brisbane with her mother, Madonna, to accept the award.

"While we are proud of all our grandchildren, it's very exciting that Ruby has been able to experience this honour,” Mrs Hebblewhite said.

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award celebrates students who show compassion, integrity and kindness in their everyday lives, just as he did.

Madonna Belbin said the experience had been a real confidence booster for Ruby.

The shy youngster now realises when you work hard and look after others, it doesn't go unnoticed.

"It was a pretty special moment when I was presented with the award,” Ruby said.

She had been nominated for the award by her teacher Mrs Bernadette Camm.

Mrs Belbin said for her and husband Adam the award was an affirmation of how proud Ruby made them all the time.

"Next year Ruby will go from a 54-student school to Proserpine with 1000 enrolled,” she said.

"It will be a big culture shock.”

Fred Hollows Foundation ambassador Susie O'Neill said the award highlighted inspirational students making a positive difference in their communities.

"I offer my warmest congratulations and my heartfelt thanks to all the winners,” Ms O'Neill said.

Assistant Minister of State Jennifer Howard presented the certificates.


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