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Top work rewarded

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Top work rewarded

By Luke Simmonds

Sean Gordon with Maverick Garaicoa

Maverick “the boy wonder” Garaicoa has continued his march to the top after earning the recognition of governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove for his charity work.

The now Year 7 Clontarf Beach State High School student is part of a select group of students from the Redcliffe Peninsula that make up the SchoolAid Kids Advisory Team.

Together they brainstorm ideas to help others.

Maverick came up with the idea to raise money for schools affected by Cyclone Debbie.

His crowd-funding raised $1500, which was then matched and raised by Dymock’s Children’s Charities.

It didn’t go unnoticed, with the governor-general inviting him to speak at Admiralty House in Sydney with a select few other students. “It was awesome to be able to go to his house and speak as a young leader,” Maverick said.

“It’s awesome to hear their stories of where they came from and how they became more independent.”

The money raised went to replacing Mackay Central State School’s entire library with 181 books.

He got to fly up and speak at the school’s assembly.

“It’s just cool to see the outcome I made,” he said.

“I just didn’t give up and set my mind to it.

“Whether it took four months or 12 months I put my passion and pride into it.”

This article was originally published by the Redcliffe & Bayside Herald in 2016.

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