Wyndham City is proud to announce Asha Surujpal as its One Wyndham recipient for April.
Asha is passionate and enthusiastic about creating a better society for all. She is dedicated to helping others through volunteering and fundraising; actively assisting with food drives and fundraising for childhood illness and disease, raising more than $2,000 to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Asha is also dedicated to assisting vulnerable community members facing food insecurity.
Asha initiated and established the Werribee and Heathdale community Christmas Food Drive to support local families and individuals facing hardship, raising over 1,000 donations for local families during Christmas.
With the pandemic contributing to increased food insecurity in Wyndham, Asha also successfully organised a Food Drive to assist Food Bank Victoria.
Asha is passionate about creating ripples of kindness and compassion within our community and hopes her contribution works towards upholding an inclusive and thriving Wyndham community.
Wyndham Mayor Cr Peter Maynard said: “Asha is a positive role model and makes a remarkable and valuable contribution to the Wyndham community through her volunteering and fundraising efforts. Wyndham City appreciates Asha’s contribution to our community.”
“Asha has worked extensively to support vulnerable community members and has added a little bit of brightness to those less fortunate.”
Asha has been recognised for outstanding services to the community and leadership and is the recipient of the Principal’s Award and Good Fellowship Award and also served as the House Captain at Heathdale Christian College and Alamanda K-9 College.
Asha leads by example and motivates and empowers others to advocate for social issues that they are passionate about.
As the coach of a junior girl’s football team, Asha was instrumental in encouraging and helping girls aged between four and seven gain confidence, empowerment and learn and develop football skills.
This initiative was affectionately named the ‘Sparkles’ program and aimed to teach fundamental skills of AFL, in a smaller group, with one-on-one guidance.
One Wyndham recipients are residents aged between 12 and 25 who positively contribute to the Wyndham community and are role models to other young people.
Each month Council selects a Wyndham resident to be awarded the ‘Young Person of the Month’.
Winners are awarded a $200 gift voucher of their choice and other prizes.
For more information about Youth Services One Wyndham Project go to: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/services/youth-services/awards-competitions/one-wyndham