Fairfield Young Citizen of the Year

BOSSLEY Park's Basim Shamaon has a lot to be proud of at just 22.

He has spent most of his years volunteering his time helping over 20 different organisations.

These include the Salvation Army, the Australian Red Cross, the Bring It On! festival, the Multicultural Youth Network and the Universal Peace Federation.

He even wrote a book about the importance of Fairfield fire station when he heard it was closing.

His dedication, motivation and persistence in helping these organisations hasn't gone un-noticed.

He was rewarded for his efforts last week when he was named Fairfield Council's Young Citizen of the Year.

"It's the council's way of appreciating me after spending so many years giving back to the community," he said.

Mr Shamaon said he enjoyed helping the community because he believes there is a need for someone to display the interests and values of Fairfield youth.

"When I raise money for some of the charities I know I'm making a difference," he said.

"While I'm a member of many committees I don't just attend meetings — I'm also active on the streets."

A Fairfield Council spokesman said Mr Shamaon had made a significant contribution to the Fairfield community by taking the lead in representing the interests and needs of young people.

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