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AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR & YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2012 TO VISIT SYDNEY SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY CENTRES
Australian of the Year 2012 Geoffrey Rush and Young Australian of the Year 2012 Marita Cheng will visit Sydney schools and community centres on Monday 6 August and Tuesday 7 August 2012. The visits are part of a Tour of Honour which brings recipients of the nation’s most respected honour into contact with school students and the community to share their inspiring stories.
The Tour of Honour will take Mr Rush and Ms Cheng to the Mathew Talbot Hostel, TAFE NSW -Sydney Institute’s Apprentice Restaurant, the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence on Monday and to the Newtown High School for Performing Arts, James Cook High School and Moorefield Girls High School on Tuesday. At each school they will meet students, hear what the school is working on and answer students' questions.
Mr Rush said he was looking forward to meeting young Australians during the Sydney school visits.
"Young people are a great source of inspiration and motivation, with fresh ideas and new ways of looking at the world," said Mr Rush.
"This will be a great chance to hear what our young people are thinking, get an understanding of how they are dealing with challenges and also for us to energised by what is going on in our schools and by community centres doing great work.
"Of course, I'm particularly interested to see what the students at the Newtown High School for Performing Arts are doing but I'm just as keen to see what the students in the kitchen at Sydney TAFE are making us for lunch."
Ms Cheng is also looking forward to sharing her passion for engineering and technology with other young Australians, something she does on a regular basis through her Robogals program which encourages young women to consider engineering as a career options.
"I'm keen to hear what the students are already doing in their schools and also to sharing the opportunities available to them through studying science and technology - it's something more boys and girls should give consideration to as a study and career choice," said Ms Cheng
"I aim to show young people that engineering is a fun area to study and work in and open their eyes to the huge range of opportunities it can bring them."
The Tour of Honour will also include visits to Brisbane and Toowoomba on 8 and 9 August and comes as nominations are being accepted to find the next Australian of the Year Award recipients. The public can nominate Australians who inspire them in four categories - Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia's Local Hero - until 31 August 2012.
Nominations can be submitted at www.australianoftheyear.org.au or via a nomination form, available at any branch of the Major Sponsor, the Commonwealth Bank.