Ballarat’s Young Citizen of the Year, Chloe Waddell, has been recognised for many years of charitable work.
Chloe, who was up against a record 77 other nominees, began raising funds for charity when she was just four years old.
Since before she started school, Chloe has volunteered her time and raised funds for numerous causes and not-for-profit organisations, including Red Cross, Salvation Army, Daffodil Day, Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, Relay for Life, MS, Clean-up Australia, tree planting, Secondbite food delivery program and the Bali Children’s Project.
She has also spent two weeks in Bali donating goods to schools, kindergartens and orphanage, all at her own expense.
During Thursday’s award ceremony, Chloe was described as an outstanding example of how that can be an exciting and fulling way of life.
Chloe said she had always tried to make sure she was part of the community in every way she could.