Year 12 Churchie student Benjamin Lake was recognised as Queensland Junior Philanthropist of the Year at the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF) annual awards luncheon on Wednesday, 11 June 2014.
QCF Chair, Dr John de Groot, said this year’s winners challenged the ‘philanthropist’ stereotype.
'These wonderful philanthropic endeavours have led us to celebrate outstanding winners, the commended nominees, and all who were nominated for the Awards – all of who are an inspiration to us all,' Dr de Groot said.
Even though Benjamin is still in high school, he has a longer list of philanthropic endeavours than most adults.
In the past two years, Benjamin has raised more than $13,000 for various charities.
This year alone he has participated in six fundraising events which have raised more than $47,000 for charities including Spina Bifida, Red Shield Appeal Doorknock, and Mater Little Miracles.
The Junior Philanthropist of the Year Award is open to students from Years 7 to 12. Benjamin was nominated by Churchie. QCF is a state-based and focused trust fund with 185 charitable sub-funds and more than 90 well-known charities under its umbrella.