Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Nominations open for VC memorial award

Nominations have opened for Hume City Council’s 2023 Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award.

The award honours Gladstone Park local and national hero, Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, and supports young people in Hume City to pursue their dreams. 

The award provides up to $5,000 for young locals aged 12-25 to put towards personal and professional development in achieving their goals. 

There are two categories to apply for: 

  • Leading from the front Achievement Award – where achievement in sports, community, art, employment or education is recognised. 
  • Gaining ground Encouragement Award – where a commitment to an area of interest is recognised. 

Successful recipients can use the award funds towards: 

  • education costs 
  • conference fees 
  • support for personal or professional development 
  • equipment (e.g. sports equipment, a computer, or software) 

The Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award was established by Hume City Council in 2015 to recognise the legacy of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, a Hume local and national hero who was killed in action in 2013. 

“This is a significant year as it marks 10 years since the passing of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG,” Council said in a statement.

“Corporal Baird will be remembered for his bravery, his commitment to the community, and his ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield. He was awarded the country’s highest military award, the Victoria Cross for Australia and was also awarded the Medal for Gallantry for his service in Afghanistan in 2007-08.”

Along with his military service, Corporal Baird was an active member of our local community who aspired to support the next generation to follow their dreams, Council said.

Successful recipient(s) will be announced at the awards ceremony in June.  

“Hume City Council staff will work with the winners over the following year to provide support and guidance in helping the recipients achieve their stated goals with the award funds,” the Council said.

Nominations close Sunday 23 April.  

Find out how to submit a nomination application. 

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