Introducing your award MCs
But what’s an award show without a host? Well, you're in luck because we’ve scored 2! Our very own Community Champions Manahil and Josh are ready to take you through our incredible program from start to finish.
As a refugee who has lived in 8 countries, 19-year-old Manahil sees how different cultures approach the idea of health, and just how much the world around you can affect this.
“I never lived in 1 house more than 3 years: I’ve always been moving,” she explains.
“And for someone like me, or someone with similar experiences, it’s really hard to think about being healthy and give importance to your health, because the surrounding environment affects it a lot.”
For Manahil, a healthy future looks like “everyone just being supportive of one another and having spaces where everyone is included, no matter their age, culture, religion or race.”
A Primary School Education and Welfare Support Officer in a highly diverse area along the Murray River, James loves the inclusive mindset of his community.
"We have a lot of multicultural families here; you feel that community focus wherever you are. I feel the importance of connection," he says.
But James, a below-knee amputee, believes there aren’t enough community activity options offered to kids and young people living in regional Victoria.
"We need to think about what we are providing these kids; we can't just be looking at soccer, football or netball because not everyone likes those sports. They're not 'one size fits all'."
James says, as a child “I never actually accessed the community, went out to meet children my age or participated in anything because I felt disconnected as these were the only options.”
For James, a healthy future means creating and promoting community activities that everyone can be part of.