Vaughn Arambatzis: Meet the Georges River Council’s Young Citizen of the Year

·

15-year-old teenager Vaughn (Vaio) Arambatzis from Sydney has gained major recognition after being named one of two Young Citizens of the Year for Georges River Council.

This award is handed out annually and recognises young people making a difference in their community.

Vaughn was rewarded for his strong commitment to recycling and active involvement with the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home.

In 2022, he earned the Keep Australia Beautiful (NSW) ‘Young Legend’s Award’ and was named ‘Community Champion’ for Georges River Council.

Vaughn Arambatzis
Vaughn Arambatzis with one of his purple collection bins outside an F45 Gym to collect drinking containers. Photo supplied.

Vaughn told The Greek Herald his goal was to raise much needed funds for the Sydney Dogs and Cats Home by collecting cans and bottles and recycling them through the NSW Government’s Return and Earn Scheme.

Since commencing in 2020, he said he has collected and recycled 35,000 drink containers for the Return and Earn Scheme.

Vaughn said undertaking charity work was always something he really enjoyed.

“In 2018, we adopted a dog from the shelter, and it turned out that she just wasn’t the right fit for our family, so we had to give her back,” Vaughn explained.

“As most shelters would have euthanised her, we were lucky that Sydney Dogs and Cats Home don’t euthanise unless it’s necessary, so I was really happy about that.

“Then when my school started something called ‘SOL Service,’ which stands for Shinning Our Light, and it encouraged us to go out and do something for the community, I just decided then and there that I wanted to start raising money for the shelter and I’ve been doing it ever since.”

Vaughn Arambatzis
Vaughn Arambatzis with Councillor Natalie Mort. Photo supplied.

Vaughn said he was extremely grateful to be named Georges River Council’s Young Citizen of the Year for 2024.

“I’m honestly very shocked to receive this recognition,” he said. “To even be nominated by Councillor Natalie Mort is a huge honour and it makes me feel really grateful.”

Vaughn’s parents also expressed their pride for their son’s achievements.

“We feel very proud of Vaio, and we’re pleased that he’s committed to a cause that he is passionate about,” Barbara Arambatzis said.

“We hope that he can continue with his project because the Sydney Dogs and Cats home fulfils a very important need in our community.”

The Young Citizen of the Year said he now aims to get more people involved in recycling within his community, as well as encourage others in different communities to recycle and find ways to contribute and support their local charities.

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Fresco of Helen of Troy uncovered at Pompeii

Nearly 2,000 years since it was buried by volcanic rubble, the lost city of Pompeii is yielding even more impressive discoveries. According to msn.com, archeologists...

New casual Greek restaurant brings meze and cocktails to Adelaide’s CBD

Andrew Papadakis, the visionary who founded and successfully sold Meze Mazi, returns to the vibrant Adelaide restaurant scene with his newest venture, Dino’s. According to...

Two Greek women included in ’30 Under 30′ Forbes list

In this year's European Forbes "30 Under 30" list, two exceptional Greek women have managed to stand out for their successful paths in two...

2,300-year-old tomb unearthed in Greece

A tomb in the ancient Macedonian city of Aegae in modern Vergina, Greece, has been unearthed according to an All That’s Interesting report. The tomb is believed...

Yorgos Lanthimos’ new movie ‘Kinds of Kindness’ included in Cannes lineup

New films from Yorgos Lanthimos, Andrea Arnold and Francis Ford Coppola, as well as a portrait of 1980s Donald Trump, will compete for the...

You May Also Like

Melbourne’s Greek Community Cup kicks off with thrilling start at Heatherton FC

The 2024 Greek Community Cup kicked off on Sunday January 14 at Heatherton FC with a full schedule of games, setting the stage for...

Kosta Barbarouses thanks Ange Postecoglou for ‘setting up’ his successful football career

Not many strikers can say they're still one of the most lethal players in the game at the age of 30, yet Kosta Barbarouses...

MP Jenny Mikakos launches $20 million ‘Hotel for Heroes’ plan

The Victorian Government has committed $20 million to pay for hotel rooms for hospital workers and paramedics on the frontline of Victoria's coronavirus response. Under...