Young leaders get taste of rural life   

IN her capacity as national winner of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, Bombala’s Molly Campbell has hosted a group of other young leaders around our beautiful area.

The group of state winners from the competition first joined Molly and 40 

others at an international Lions youth conference in New Zealand before coming to the south east.

The group enjoyed some time on the coast at Merimbula and Pambula before a trip to Mt Kosciusko and a three-day stay on the Campbell’s farm at Bombala.

Molly’s mother, Sophie Campbell, said the group had their feet in the sand one day and in the snow the next.

Mrs Campbell said they were a delightful group of young people who not only took in the sights around Bombala but were put to work on the family’s beef and wool farm.

As this is the first time the national winner has come from a regional background, it was a good chance for many of the young people to have their first taste of rural life.

“All the kids were fantastic ambassadors with a strong focus on communtiy service and volunteering,” Mrs Campbell said.

During their stay at the farm they were treated to a country shed party and singalong, while down at the coast they were taken on a fishing tour and trained with the local Nippers club.

Molly, a former Lumen Christie student, has just been accepted into a double degree in music and law at the ANU. 

Her studies will be on top of her continuing duties as the national Lions Youth of the Year.

“We are very proud of her,” Mrs Campbell said. 

“She has made so many good friends and connections through the program. 

She will now be helping other young people as they go through the next round.”

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