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Young Selby superheroes named runners up for top award

20 November 2009

Selby volunteers Max Jackson, Stephen Marson, Daniel Watson and Michaela Liddle. BRCFour young people from Selby were runners up for a British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Award, given at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on 14 November.

Michaela Liddle, Max Jackson, Stephen Marson and Daniel Watson gained the runner-up prize after producing a DVD educating other young people about the dangers of binge drinking.The group told their own personal stories about how alcohol had affected them and some of the lessons they’d learned in order to help other young people from making the same mistakes. The DVD will be shown in schools and youth clubs throughout the area and may even be rolled out nationally.

Celebrating young people

Hosted by Simon Hughes MP, the awards celebrated the valuable contribution young people make to the lives of others. Max Jackson said: “I’m really happy and proud both of myself and the group. What I wanted was to help young people so the next generation will realise binge-drinking isn’t worth it. And hopefully – fingers crossed – it will work.

“Our DVD will work because we’re the same age as the people we’re addressing. Teens don’t really listen to adults but they’ll recognise us and hopefully listen to what we’re saying.”

Making a positive impact

The Humanitarian Citizen Award is open to anyone aged 25 or under who has made a positive impact on an individual or community.

Mairi Allan, head of schools and community education, explained: “In a time when there are so many negative images of young people, we want to celebrate their ingenuity and generosity. There are many young people around the UK who are doing amazing work. Some of them are involved with the Red Cross, but we want to shout about all young people who embody the spirit of humanitarian citizenship – giving their time, talents and skills to help others.”

The Humanitarian Citizen Award is awarded by young people, for young people. The award is judged by a panel of under 25s, who pick the winners and runners up both the group and individual categories.

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