Daniel Oliver is the first recipient of the Yankalilla District Young Adult Award, offered by the Fleurieu Community Foundation.
Daniel is a long term Yankalilla resident who is currently studying a Bachelor of Aviation in Adelaide.
The Yankalilla District Young Adult Award was established last year as a partnership between the Yankalilla community and the Fleurieu Community Foundation.
The award aims to provide support to young adults aged 18 to 21, who are living in the Yankalilla District Council area or have a close association with the Yankalilla District Council area.
Foundation chairman, Brad Butler, said the award had received significant financial support from the Yankalilla Op Shop, the combined churches of Yankalilla and several individual members of the Yankalilla and Second Valley communities.
“The award’s main purpose is to support young adults who show initiative and commitment in their field of education or training but who may be experiencing difficulty in continuing their studies or accessing other education or training due to hardship or disadvantage,” Mr Butler explained.
“Daniel has been a committed community member on the Fleurieu with a long history of involvement with CFS and other student and community organisations.
“From a young age he held a dream to become a commercial pilot but is excited at the broad range of opportunities that his current studies may open for him.
“Daniel, like a lot of our young people on the Fleurieu, has had to overcome significant obstacles to continue with his chosen dream and is now looking forward to being a leader in his community and a mentor for other young people from his community.”
The award is one of a number of initiatives by the Fleurieu Community Foundation to support youth in the Victor Harbor, Alexandrina and Yankalilla council areas.
This year it has distributed more than $14,000 to local families through the Back to School voucher program and is currently working with local sporting clubs to provide financial support and resources to youth to participate in sport through the Stay in Sport program.
The Fleurieu Community Foundation is the Fleurieu Peninsula’s local philanthropic organisation.
It provides a simple cost effective way to invest in the future of our local community on the Fleurieu. The foundation raises money through donations, sponsorship and fundraising. The funds raised in the community stay in the community.
If you would like to know more about supporting the Fleurieu Community Foundation please contact a board member by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The foundation’s next fundraiser will be a quiz night on Friday, May 31 from 7pm at the Encounter Bay Football Club with proceeds being shared with the Rotary Club of Encounter Bay.
Bookings can be made by phoning 8552 3519 or 0402 279 807.