Impressive young fellow a national Stella Fella winner
THERE is no doubt Jackson Auld is a stellar fellow.
The 19-year Ipswich referee has made it a personal mission to help others.
Now it has been officially recognised, with the former St Edmund's College student claiming the Project Futures national male role model award - the Stella Fella.
The award was given to Auld for raising awareness of the human trafficking industry and as a gentleman showing respect for women and setting the example for other men.
It earned him a trip to Sydney for a black tie ball but that is not why Auld gives up his time to help others.
He is off to Cambodia later in the year to get a first-hand look at the scourge of human trafficking, where he will help rehabilitating people who have suffered from it.
Auld (pictured) also does volunteer work for yLead, a nationwide group that encourages young people to be leaders in the community.
"St Eddies sent me to yLead first, then they offered me a position," he said.
He now takes the yLead message into schools and leads conferences.
If that weren't enough, Auld also works with Dandelion and Friends, a group that helps people with disabilities, though that's not how Auld likes to think of it.
"We call it a difability, instead of disability, to emphasise that people are just different," he said.
Auld takes fitness and cooking classes and provides mentoring and assistance to members.
All the work he's doing has meant Auld has had to scale back his university studies and even knock back refereeing assignments at some carnivals.
But there is nothing he would rather be doing.
"It's just a drive I've got to help others out," he said.
"I love the satisfaction of seeing others pick themselves up and drive forward, become better and achieve positive results."
On top of all that, Auld is working with Oztag Ipswich, helping to run its junior program, which includes taking it into Ipswich schools where he can "present kids with chances to get into sport", he said.