Every Sunday, Jemima Jones volunteers with her parents and brother at the Street Buffet in Woolloomooloo, where they help provide food for about 70 homeless people.
The Year 6 student at St Bernard’s Catholic Primary Botany was presented with a Fred Hollows Humanity Award at a ceremony held at NSW Parliament House, Sydney, on September 5. The award recognises young people who follow in the late eye-doctor’s footsteps by showing care and compassion for others.
“I followed in my mum’s footsteps because she used to work with the homeless when she was younger and she still does that now,” Jemima said. “When I got nominated for the award I was very surprised, and I was very excited when I heard that I had got it.”
While at the buffet, Jemima helps to serve drinks and hot meals such as chicken, spaghetti bolognaise, meatballs and vegetables, followed by a dessert of cakes or cookies. She has also taken part in social justice activities at school including visits to nursing homes.
“I really like to go and help everyone,” she said.