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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 9 Hansard (16 September) . .

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Perhaps most importantly, Menslink also provides a free counselling service for men aged between 12 and 25. Counselling is available at the organisation's offices in Griffith as well as selected schools and centres throughout the ACT and is a valuable service for any young men who have to deal with tough issues.

Given the important services that Menslink provide to young men in Canberra, I would like to take this time to acknowledge all those involved in the organisation. In particular I would like to acknowledge the CEO, Martin Fisk; the mentoring manager, Ben Triglone; the mentoring coordinator, Neale Roberts; the counselling program manager, Mackenzie Clare; the counsellor, Rolf Einhaus; and the office manager, Fiona Brammall.

I would also like to acknowledge the Menslink board, which is comprised of the chairman, Peter Clark; the vice chair, Jim Rice; the treasurer, Simon Wallace; the secretary, Jenny Henderson; and committee members Wendy Addison, Glenn Cullen and Michael Battenally. I would also like to thank all those who donate to Menslink and make the organisation financially viable.

Finally, I would like to congratulate all the men who put up their hand and volunteer their time to be a mentor. There is no obligation to volunteer your time for any organisation, so it is right to acknowledge the terrific contribution they make to the lives of young men in Canberra. I commend the work of Menslink to the Assembly. If you would like to get involved in Menslink or attend one of their upcoming events, such as the annual breakfast which is being held next week, I encourage members to visit their website at

Fred Hollows schools award

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (4.13): Last week I was extremely pleased to represent the ACT government to help celebrate the 2014 Fred Hollows schools award. The Fred Hollows schools award celebrates the wonderful and caring contributions our ACT primary school students are making in their school community.

Students won awards for showing great leadership and making positive contributions, particularly in the areas of charity, citizenship and community service. They gave small acts of kindness to their classmates, supported fundraising drives within their school and community and they set a good example in the playground and helping those in need.

For students, the awards were an occasion to be recognised for their efforts and accomplishments and, judging by the smiles that were on display last week, it was clear that their schools, families, carers and friends are very proud of their achievements. The Fred Hollows schools award is in its third year and is only offered in the ACT.

Fred Hollows helped change the world by giving people the gift of sight, and that is pretty amazing. Fred believed that everyone in the world should be treated the same and that all Australians should care for others. These are things that all of us should try to do as we go about our lives.

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