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Editor’s comment: Help us to honour our young citizens

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 July 2017

Winner of the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award, Isabella Field

Winner of the Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Young Citizen Award, Isabella Field

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The media is often criticised for focusing on negative stories about young people and not highlighting the positives.

For some years now the Recorder has tried to redress the balance with our Young Citizen Awards, run in conjunction with the Redbridge Rotary Club.

The idea is to give public recognition to Redbridge residents under 25 who have done something special, whether it is fundraising for charity, overcoming adversity or caring for others.

This week we launch this year’s search for the borough’s Young Citizen of the Year. Each week will tell the stories of the nominees, each month we will have a winner and all the monthly winners will go through to the Mayor of Redbridge’s Community Awards night at the town hall in March, where the overall winner will be announced.

We are delighted that The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, is this year sponsoring the awards, giving a £30 gift card to each monthly winner.

The overall winner will receive £100 provided by the Rotary Club.

I know there are lots of young people around the borough doing great things so please nominate them.

The money prize is handy but more important is the chance to show them that they are recognised for their work and to show everyone else just what a terrific contribution children, teenagers and young adults make to society.

So help us to honour our young people.

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