First National takes part in Young Achiever Awards

First National Real Estate, in conjunction with the Seven Network, has proudly announced its coast-to-coast sponsorship of the Seven News Young Achiever Awards.

Conducted on a state-by-state basis, the awards highlight and acknowledge the achievements of young Australians, providing motivation, encouragement and role models for young Australians at all levels in their chosen field of endeavour.

Last year, the network’s sponsorship saw Victoria’s 28-year-old Dr Joanna Newton awarded for her work with students and junior scientists to encourage the adoption of genetic tools and technologies in the dairy industry.

Queensland’s 19-year-old Keely Johnson was recognised for her work combating childhood cancer through the Golden Octopus Foundation.

In Canberra, 27-year-old Emma Byrne received recognition for her work with ACT/NSW Police concerning young people and alcohol, and the Sober Driver Programme.

Tasmania’s 28-year-old Grant Milbourne was recognised for his work to support youth wellbeing and mental health through his Insight Mindfulness Education organisation.

Finally, In Western Australia, 23-year-old Ciara Duffy’s PhD research concerning honey bee venom and its role in treating triple negative breast cancer saw her win the First National Innovation Award.

First National’s chief executive, Ray Ellis says the cooperative network is absolutely committed to encouraging young people achieve as well as build successful careers in the real estate industry.

“Young people need all the support and encouragement they can get to step up, lead and innovate. So this sponsorship aligns perfectly with the network’s own commitment to its under-35s through the “FN Squad”, which just this week has heard from Dr Joanna Newton, Keely Johnson and Tamika Jones of Myndshyft, plus the network’s own young achievers, Sam Scarfo (FN Gawler, SA), Kiah Coupland (FN Springfield, QLD) and Jake Spargo (FN Bonnici & Associates, Vic) at a series of informal events nationally.”

“We welcome Channel 7 joining us in a national sponsorship of the Young Achiever Awards and will continue to drive innovation and leadership skills within the industry,” said Mr Ellis.

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