Summerdale Primary School pupil Logan Atkinson named 2016 Fred Hollows Foundation Junior Ambassador for Tasmania

AMBASSADOR: Summerdale Primary School pupil Logan Atkinson, 12, has been named Junior Tasmanian Fred Hollows Ambassador for 2016. Picture: Scott Gelston

AMBASSADOR: Summerdale Primary School pupil Logan Atkinson, 12, has been named Junior Tasmanian Fred Hollows Ambassador for 2016. Picture: Scott Gelston

Logan Atkinson is one special kid. 

The 12-year-old is known for his kindness, his thoughtfulness and his desire to ensure everyone around him feel happy and included. 

In recognition of this, the Summerdale Primary School grade 6 pupil was named the Fred Hollows Foundation Junior Ambassador for Tasmania on Friday. 

The title is given to a student who shows care and compassion for others, following in the footsteps of humanitarian and eye surgeon Fred Hollows. 

Logan has made such an impact on his school community that he received three nominations for the title – from his teacher, the mother of a classmate and a family friend. 

The Tasmania recipients of Fred Hollows Humanity Awards.

The Tasmania recipients of Fred Hollows Humanity Awards.

It was his empathy towards his peers, his support and his caring nature that made Logan a standout contender for the nominees.

“When I found out I was the ambassador I was astonished,” Logan said.

“I like helping people and I don’t like seeing people left out or going through bad times.

“I like to join people in my games at school and I help them when they need help with their school work.” 

As the ambassador, Logan was presented with four different charities and was asked to decide which one to allocate $5000 to. 

He chose the Outback Eye Service, which delivers eye health to Indigenous Australians in remote New South Wales. 

Logan Atkinson with Fred Hollows Foundation founding director Gabi Hollows and Premier Will Hodgman.

Logan Atkinson with Fred Hollows Foundation founding director Gabi Hollows and Premier Will Hodgman.

“My teacher has been teaching us about Aboriginal people and what difficulties they face so this will be helpful and can change that,” Logan said. 

“I feel proud and happy to help people.

“I think I’ll enjoy the role very, very much.”

Logan’s mother Teresa said her son had always been a nice, caring child. 

She said one of the nicest things about the award was that her son, who was adopted from South Korea, has the Korean name Yoohyeon, which means “grow into a nice person”. 

“I’m just proud that the hard work Logan puts in to looking after people has been acknowledged,” she said.

The Fred Hollows Humanity Award Launceston recipients were Catherine Thomas and Deon King from St Marys District School, Kathryn Poland from Launceston Church Grammar School, Eilidh Hamilton, Chi Canty and Samuel Lee from Scotch Oakburn College, and Charlotte Pears from Perth Primary School. 

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