Boyne Island McDonald’s owner Nathan Patrick, Gladstone McDonald’s people resources manager Louise Simpson and The Observer editor Allen Winter are excited about this year’s Kids of Spirit awards.
Boyne Island McDonald’s owner Nathan Patrick, Gladstone McDonald’s people resources manager Louise Simpson and The Observer editor Allen Winter are excited about this year’s Kids of Spirit awards. Mike Richards

Time to recognise the great things our region's kids do

THE happy and charming nature of youngsters is at the heart of the Gladstone region's schools, sporting clubs and families.

But some of these children do not receive the gratitude and appreciation they deserve.

To celebrate the young people of our region, we are now calling for the community to put in nominations for kids who are making a difference.

Saturday marked the official start of the award scheme to celebrate the wonderful contributions from local kids.

The annual campaign from The Observer and McDonald's encourages the community to nominate the spirited youth they know.

Whether you know a child who is a talented sports person, in academia, takes pride in their community or is supportive to peers and family, we want to hear about them.

The Observer editor Allen Winter said Kids of Spirit was a great initiative to recognise the good work of our local youth.

"They are the leaders of the future," Mr Winter said.

"They need to be encouraged in what they do and rewarded for their great efforts, to make sure that they continue to excel.

"Our kids should be celebrated, and Kids of Spirit is an ideal way to do that."

Gladstone McDonald's people resource manager Louise Simpson said it was important for people to support this campaign.

"It supports the community and gets behind the kids and gives them the confidence to keep doing great things," she said.

Boyne Island McDonald's manager Nathan Patrick said he would encourage families, sporting and community groups and schools to nominate kids they know who are making impressive achievements.

Nominations close on July 8 and anyone between the ages of five and 16 can be nominated.

Nomination forms are available in The Observer, or you can nominate online here.

KIDS OF SPIRIT:

  • This is the third year of the campaign.
  • Last year's winner, Joshua Swanepoel, was recognised for his big achievements in gymnastics.
  • Nomination forms can be found in The Observer or you can nominate online.
  • Each week from April 29 a child will be profiled in the Family Matters section in Tuesday's Observer.
  • A commemorative ceremony will be held at the end of the awards to give an extra special congratulation to one lucky nominee.


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