Ashley Gremmo, of St Michael’s Primary School in Baulkham Hills, is one of 176 students from around the state recognised for her compassion, integrity and kindness.
Her caring attitude was awarded at a ceremony for the Fred Hollows Humanity Award at Parliament House last week.
A national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation, the Humanity Award acknowledges year 6 pupils who follow in Fred’s footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.
Ashley was nominated by her teacher Julie Rugg and received a Highly Commended honour for her bravery and compassion to advocate for organ donation following the death of her brother, Nathan, in 2015.
Nathan was only 14 when he was killed in a car accident and Ashley and her family were faced with the difficult decision to donate his organs.
Ashley was certain it was something Nathan would have wanted and their choice has altered the lives of more than seven people, including a young baby.
Ashley and her family continue to raise awareness and talk about organ donation by organising a Jersey Day in September every year.
Ashley promotes this at school and in the wider community.
“The late Fred Hollows was an extraordinary humanitarian,” NSW Education Minister, Rob Stokes said.
“I congratulate the year 6 students recognised who, like Fred Hollows, have made the world a more compassionate and better place.”