BIG FUTURE: Winner of the South Burnett young citizen of the year award Anekah Hinchliff with South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell.
BIG FUTURE: Winner of the South Burnett young citizen of the year award Anekah Hinchliff with South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell. Claudia Williams

Young citizen of the year on a mission to help others

ANEKAH Hinchliff is determined to make a difference in rural towns as a nursing student at James Cook University.

The Nanango State High School 2018 captain will start university this year with the goal to study medicine and become a doctor.

"I have always had a passion for medicine and rural medicine. I want to give back to the communities that don't have as much,” she said.

Anekah has been recognised for her community spirit and passion to make a difference as the 2019 South Burnett Young Citizen of the Year, presented at the Australia Day awards.

"It is shocking, I wasn't expecting to win. When the nomination showed up I was taken aback, I thought 'why me?',” she said.

For others it is clear why she is deserving of the title.

Her biggest achievement in 2018 was bringing the Country to Canberra workshop to her school, providing a mentoring and leadership event for the benefit of her classmates.

"It was such an amazing thing. I didn't expect the application to even get through and be one of two in the country was great. The fact that it benefited my peers, not just me, is great,” she said.

As Anekah looks to broaden her horizons she encourages young people with an opportunity to make a difference in their community to go for it.

"Don't let nerves or anything hold you back and go for it but also prioritise your study as well,” she said.

South Burnett

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