Lauren Jackson named 2019 National Individual Young Legend

Collie's Lauren Jackson receiving the 2019 National Individual Young Legend award from Keep Australia Beautiful's Val Southam. Photo: Supplied

Collie's Lauren Jackson receiving the 2019 National Individual Young Legend award from Keep Australia Beautiful's Val Southam. Photo: Supplied

Collie's Lauren Jackson was described by the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities-Tidy Towns National judge Gail Bradley as a "power of inspiration" as she was named the 2019 National Individual Young Legend.

Ms Jackson was presented with the award at a gala dinner held at Smithton, Tasmania on Friday, April 5.

The 2018 Collie Young Citizen of the Year, Lauren has continued to raise funds for the charity she co-founded, Children of the Maasai Educational Program (CMEP), and to regularly return to Kenya as a volunteer.

Lauren first journeyed to Kenya as a volunteer in 2015, and her experiences there made a big impression on her.

The circumstances of the children there meant that a few dollars could make the difference between receiving an education and being able to earn an income both for themselves and to help support their families, and missing out.

For girls especially, a supply of hygiene needs can eliminate interruptions to their education.

Lauren also assisted in organising health clinics and basic food needs.

Producing goods for sale in Australia provided some families with an income for the first time, and provided dignity and a sense of self worth for the Maasai.

"Lauren also demonstrates a deep commitment to the South West Industry Road Safety Alliance, sharing the experience of the effects of losing a loved one through a road accident," Mrs Bradley said at the award ceremony.

Collie Tidy Towns chairperson Nola Green said the Collie contingent to the National Awards was delighted when Lauren was honoured at the awards ceremony.

"We are very proud of what Lauren has achieved, and I know her family and many friends in Collie are just as proud," Mrs Green said.

"I am sure the Collie community will continue to support Lauren as she raises funds for CMEP."

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