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Euroa students excel in Weary Dunlop Awards

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The North Central Review is an independently owned newspaper publishing company based in Kilmore that is responsible for publishing two community newspapers each week, covering communities within the Mitchell Shire

Students across the Euroa electorate who displayed exceptional qualities have been recognised with the Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop Award for 2023.

The Weary Dunlop Award is awarded to students in the electorate each year, with recipients often having demonstrated persistence and resilience to overcome hurdles and setbacks.

Other qualities also taken into consideration include compassion, humility, friendship, forgiveness, courage, leadership, and integrity.

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Ella Currell, of St Patrick’s Primary School, Kilmore, was one of eight recipients of the award. All other recipients were based north of the Mitchell Shire.

Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland said it was a privilege to be involved with the Weary Dunlop Award.

“Being able to present this award to students who have achieved so much over the year was an honour,” she said.

“Whether it be for overcoming significant adversity, being leaders of their school and community, high achievement in academics, or a passion for social justice, all of this year’s winners are incredibly deserving.

“I want to congratulate all those who received an award for their exceptional efforts and thank all of our local schools that participated.”

Sir Ernest Edward Dunlop, known as ‘Weary’, grew up in Benalla and was a surgeon in the Australian Army during World War Two.

He is regarded as a hero and is renowned for his leadership and care while being imprisoned by the Japanese Army, during which he saved wounded and sick soldiers – sometimes risking his own life.

“Despite the horrific war-time conditions in the prison camps, the boy from the bush never lost hope in humanity,” Ms Cleeland said.

“In hatred he found the strength to fight for the wellbeing of others – something I think we need more of in this world.”

Ms Cleeland said for the Australian prisoners of war who endured the awful conditions of the Burma Railway, Weary was a symbol of hope.

“An inspiring, courageous Australian, who despite regular beatings and torture, never once complained or gave up,” she said.

“It was Weary’s way – the tougher things got, the more determined he became to see it through.”

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