Rivera named Fairfield Young Citizen of the Year

ANGEL Rivera has achieved a milestone.

He's been named Fairfield City Young Citizen of the Year for his voluntary work.

And the Freeman Catholic College student has done it despite being born with mild autism.

"I feel very proud of myself," said the Bonnyrigg Heights 17-year-old.

"I was not expecting to win this prestigious award at all, so it was a big surprise when they told me I had won it.

"It's very rewarding but I do everything for the love of it, not for the recognition."

The year 12 student has a hectic lifestyle. He attends school three days a week, goes to TAFE and does work experience with his father as a fitter and turner.

Free time is spent as a community volunteer where the budding photographer takes pictures.

"I always wanted to do photography as a second job," he said.

"I have loved it ever since I was a kid, so I wanted to do something nice for others."

As a Fairfield youth advisory committee member, he volunteered to be the photographer at last year's Bring It On! festival.

Angel also takes photos at school events, including walkathons and World Peace Day.

"I love the action shots from these events — that's what I enjoy the most," he said.

His dedication has also seen him involved in the Cancer Council's Relay for Life program, where he has helped raise nearly $300.

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