Selfless James receives exclusive community award

JAMES Larsson isn’t your ordinary year six student.
His heart of gold, and willingness to do whatever it takes to help one of his disabled classmates, has seen him recognised for an exclusive community award.
James met fellow Mark Oliphant College student Alex Mee while they were in year three, and they have been friends ever since.
Alex lives with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and can, sometimes, find it difficult to freely move around, and is bound to a wheelchair most of the time.
Throughout their friendship, James has supported Alex with his learning, and helped him move around the school yard and play modified games during his PE classes to ensure that he’s still included.
It’s because of this kindness that James was recently announced as the South Australian junior ambassador for the Fred Hollows Humanity Awards.
South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill and Fred Hollows Foundation founding director Gabi Hollows presented James with his award at a ceremony at Parliament House last Monday.
James said that both he and his family were extremely proud of his award.
“Mum cried when I was presented with the award,” he said.
“She was really proud of me and seeing what it meant to her made me feel very proud.”
James was nominated for the honour by his teacher, Larissa Schinella, who said James’ selflessness was even on display when he was celebrating his success.
“James is one of the most compassionate, kind and selfless people I have met,” she said.
“Even though the award was for him, he still made sure that Alex was a part of the celebrations.”
In addition to his award, James was given the opportunity to donate $5000, on behalf of Specsavers, to a Fred Hollows Foundation program of his choice, to help the fight against unavoidable blindness.
James chose a program that would benefit young people in Cambodia and said it made him feel good to provide assistance to people in other countries.

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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