MARTIN Zigashane is one of Mildura’s most caring young people.
The 21-year-old who arrived here as a refugee from the Congo and Tanzania two years ago has just been named the recipient of Mildura Rural City Council’s Outstanding Young Carer Award for 2020.
“When living in this world, you have to have humanity inside of you … I like to volunteer,” Martin told the ‘Weekly this week.
Martin cares for his brother, Deogratius, 29, doing for him “everything a human being needs to live” and supports him to attend community events and to “do the impossible”. Deogratius contracted polio as a youngster and is paralysed apart from limited movement in one arm.
Martin also spends time volunteering with Vision Australia every Wednesday helping vision-impaired locals.
And in October, Martin started a two-year traineeship with Forest Fire Management Victoria to become a forest fire operations officer.
Other annual awards announced by council were Youth Arts to local musician and Irish dancer Sophia Craig, 15, who also now maintains a Facebook page to raise awareness of living with Cystic Fibrosis; Youth Volunteer to Chaffey Secondary College vice-captain Sophie McAliece, 15; Youth Community Group Award to All Abilities Football Group.
All Abilities was formed three years ago to run weekly sessions football skills, a light run and stretches, kicking goals, and fun and enjoyable games for all ages and abilities.