Raising awareness of youth mental health, Madison Birtchnell

Madison Birtchnell has been nominated for the Youth Volunteering Award for her work in highlighting awareness of positive mental health for young people.

Madison has worked to organise, present and host the Super Women Conference, an International Women’s Day event as part of the International Women’s Week celebrations for several communities (encompassing the Redlands and Logan and beyond).

For the past 10 years, Madison has also volunteered with Ormiston House, Daughters of Promise, Amnesty International and Fishers of Men, as well as fundraising for Red Cross flood victims, and World Vision.

Catherine Birtchnell, Madison’s mother, highlighted Madison’s dedication and commitment to whatever she puts her hand to.

“Madison always gives 110% to what she is doing because she is committed to helping others, to showing others that she cares and is willing to help in any way she can,” Ms Birtchnell said.

“Despite the stereotypes placed on young people, she is committed to helping other teenagers lead in their respective fields, through providing networking opportunities and cultivating relationships with other leaders in the community.”

CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.

“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”

“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”

Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8 - 14 May 2017.