When 12-year-old Summah Chellew assumed her role as Captain of Tucabia Public School, she knew she wanted to utilise her leadership role to inspire those around her and make a contribution to the Clarence Valley community.
After revealing she thought of several ideas, the bright-eyed youngster with the big heart decided to set a goal to raise $12000 to have five defibrillators distributed throughout the communities of Tyndale, Glenugie, Tucabia, Ulmarra and Pillar Valley.
When she learned there were a handful of small, rural townships which did not have access to the lifesaving equipment, there was no doubting she would do everything she could to change that.
Describing the local communities as being very supportive of her campaign, Miss Chellew spent several days doorknocking to sell raffle tickets and promote her cause last year.
It was also arranged for residents to attend a free community awareness and training day with Rapid 1st Aid representative Anne Rowley to learn how to use a defibrillator.
“So many people have lost their lives because a defibrillator wasn’t available, and I want to stop that happening to others,” she said during her fundraising campaign.
Miss Chellews campaign saw defibrillators placed at the Tucabia Hall and local shop, the Pillar Valley RFS Shed, the Ulmarra Hotel and a yet to be confirmed location in Tyndale.
At the 2022 Australia Day Awards ceremony on Australia Day, Miss Chellew was recognised for her community spirit and presented with the 2022 Clarence Valley Young Citizen of the Year – Encouragement Award.