Queanbeyan local Ben Duggan has been selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Canberra Yellow Pages® and White Pages®, which starts distribution from 11 April 2015.
Ben Duggan has been selected under the theme, Australian Stars Rising Above, which celebrates up and coming Australians who are achieving beyond their years and making postive changes in the community.
A long-time high achiever, Ben is making his mark on the Canberra region by working to inspire local school students to chase their dreams.
In 2011 Ben left his job and established the not-for-profit organisation, Raising Hope Education Foundation, which aims to support young people in the Canberra region to grow their confidence and follow their dreams.
Supported by local businesses, Raising Hope works with volunteer university students to act as positive role models for teenagers in local schools. Ben believes all students can shape their own destiny, but only if the community supports them along the way.
The Raising Hope Education Foundation programs aim to mentor and help school students build self-confidence, discover their dreams and work towards achieving them. The team of 150 Raising Hope volunteers work across 12 different high schools in the Canberra region, making a difference through enhancing the education of local students.
Now a high-school teacher, Ben remains active on the board of Raising Hope, making a positive influence by creating inspirational opportunities for local youth.
“At 21 I realised that many university students in Canberra wanted to make a practical difference in our community and help younger students succeed. I left my job and worked with local principals, businesses and government to make Raising Hope Education Foundation a reality,” Ben said.
Each year Sensis, the publisher of the Yellow Pages and White Pages, has recognised the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the covers of its regional books.
Yellow Pages Marketing Specialist, Belinda Di Pietro, said this year’s theme, Australian Stars Rising Above, recognises young Australians volunteering their time to champion projects that are helping their community thrive.
“This year we have discovered young change makers across Australia who are stepping up to make a difference in their community. We wanted to honour these rising stars and elevate them to a place where everyone can celebrate them,” she said.
“This year we are thrilled to recognise Ben’s efforts in creating a brighter future for his community.”
This year, the Canberra Yellow Pages and White Pages phone book will come with a chance to win the lottery, as each edition will include a ticket into a lotto syndicate. Local residents should look out for their book and hold onto it for a chance to win.
Residents and businesses can choose not to receive a copy of the Canberra Yellow Pages and White Pages by visiting www.directoryselect.com.au.
Did you know? The previous local people to appear on the cover of the Canberra Book were:
2014/15: Marathon legend and O’Malley local Robert de Castella appears on the current cover under the theme Inspiring Others to Achieve. In 2009, Robert established the Indigenous Marathon Project (IMP), a health promotion charity, to enable young Indigenous men and women to become inspirational and relevant heroes to their families and communities. Each year he selects and trains a group to undertake the most challenging and life-changing experience of their lives – running the New York City Marathon.
2013/14: Breast cancer survivor Anna Wellings Booth OAM appeared on the cover, recognised for creating a popular rowing group to help women recovering from breast cancer. Selected under the theme Keeping Our Communities Healthy, Anna founded the ACT branch of Dragons Abreast in 1999 and established a major fundraiser for the group in 2002 – the Dragons Abreast Boat Challenge.
2012/13: Brain tumour survivor Matthew Pitt appeared on the cover, recognised for his efforts establishing support group Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA). Selected under the theme A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, Matthew raises awareness about brain tumours, brain tumour treatment, medical research and how the condition impacts patients and their families.