Helping others comes naturally for Young Citizen of the Year Rebekah Vass

Getting up at 6am and having a tightly scheduled day doesn’t seem typical for most 21-year-olds. 

For Rebekah Vass, it is a normal. 

All of her hard work culminated last night when she was announced Ballarat’s Young Citizen of the Year. 

Ms Vass has volunteered at a wide variety of organisations including the Salvation Army, Ballarat Specialist School, Centre for Multicultural Youth Ballarat and the Melbourne Soup Kitchen. 

Ms Vass also finds time to be a fourth-year physical education and health student at Federation University 

Ms Vass said she was shocked after received the recognition. 

“I just do what I do because it was the way I was brought up and because it is what I love to do,” she said. 

She was also sponsored and nominated to attend a 2012 National Student Leadership Conference in Canberra. Ms Vass recognised her family as an important influence on her decision to be so active in volunteering. 

“I did a little bit and I learnt that I loved it so I just kept going,” she said. 

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