Tamarama Surf Lifesaver Appointed UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador

Volunteer surf lifesaver, William Chan, 24, has been selected as a UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador, joining a powerful group of child rights advocates from around the nation.

William, a senior active member and Bronze Medallion instructor with the Tamarama Surf Lifesaving Club, was selected from more than 250 applicants to join UNICEF Australia’s sought-after program and will, over the next year, work with UNICEF Australia to undertake nation-wide consultations with children and young people to find out what matters to them.

In his role, William is hoping to further develop his understanding of issues relating to children’s rights. He is hoping to share his passion with other young Australians and to inspire them towards promoting child’s rights issues.

William particularly looks forward to engaging with local surf clubs as part of the nation-wide consultations. He has experience working alongside other young athletes, having represented the Sydney branch as part of the NSW youth development and networking squad.

Children and young people’s experiences and opinions will be compiled into a report by the UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors and presented to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child at the end of the year.

UNICEF Australia’s Young Ambassadors are aged between 15 and 24 and represent the voice of young Australians. They also support Australia’s children and young people to learn about their rights and offer an opportunity to speak out on issues they feel are unfair or unjust.

More information on the Young Ambassador program can be found here.

Fri 25 Jul 2014