Twenty-five Year 11 students from nine high schools have graduated from the Max Potential Wyong leadership program in a gala showcase at Wyong Leagues Club.
Federal Member for Dobell Emma McBride and State Member for Wyong David Harris spoke at the showcase on Monday and congratulated the graduates.
“The graduates demonstrated great community spirit and I congratulate them on successfully completing the program and coming up with worthwhile projects that benefit our community,” Ms McBride said.
“I also want to thank program manager Julie Stevens, who is stepping down this year after first volunteering with the Max Potential in 2012.”
Max Potential connects students with volunteer coaches for a six-month program of coaching, workshops, and developing and delivering community service projects.
Among this year’s graduates was Charlotte McMurtrie, of Gorokan High School, whose coach was Dr Kylie Twyford, of Northlakes-Toukley Rotary. Charlotte, inspired by her own experience as a sick toddler, collected donations for 23 gift packs for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Gosford Hospital. Her school also raised $357 for the charity.
“I was delighted to introduce Charlotte to Jenny Abourizk, the Ronald McDonald Family Room Co-ordinator, who expressed her gratitude for Charlotte’s project,” Ms McBride said.
Other projects included activities to encourage primary schools students to eat well, be active and have fun; charity food drives, and care packs for the homeless.