Young Good Citizens Awards 2020
Tobias Murphy

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The Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix today presented a Young Good Citizen Award to Tobias Murphy, a 14 year old, year 10, pupil at Horbury Academy.

Tobias lives in Horbury and while being off school during the pandemic was bored and wanted to do something to help others in an attempt to try and make a difference. He noticed a neighbour who was struggling to maintain his driveway and gardens both front and back, so he offered to weed and jet wash the area and over two days completely cleared the whole area.

The man concerned was so impressed that he paid Tobias, much to his surprise! So Tobias decided (entirely his own choice) to use the money to buy some weed killer to spray the drive and prevent the weeds from coming back. He also did this for his grandparents in Sandal as well as making them a banana loaf to leave on their doorstep, cheering them up.

Tobias has also acted as a young carer to his younger brother who has health issues, managing his medication and providing reassurance during these difficult times and providing some relief for the rest of the household.

Furthermore, Tobias, whilst on his daily walk during lockdown, also decided he wanted to write to local care homes in Horbury and Ossett, asking if he could be a pen pal to any of the residents that may be feeling lonely. As a result of this offer he has started a regular written chat with an elderly gentleman. Their talks about tanks or world wars is a favourite topic of Tobias'. He has also encouraged his three siblings to do the same which they have all done.

Tobias has set a wonderful example of what our young people can do and demonstrates the Rotary "Service Above Self" motto admirably. A very deserving recipient of this award.

Well done Tobias.


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