Mangerton local Ethan Butson has been selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Wollongong Yellow Pages® and White Pages®, which starts distribution from 11 April 2015.
Ethan has been selected under the theme, Australian Stars Rising Above, which celebrates up and coming Australians who are achieving beyond their years and making positive changes in their community.
Ethan has put his keen interest in science to good use in his mission to create a healthier community.
Curious about UV exposure, Ethan began a research project investigating the protective properties of sunglasses. By the age of 16, Ethan had created his ‘UView Protector’ badge, a colour-coded circular sticker that measures ultraviolet radiation, helping local people better understand UV exposure and reduce the risk of skin cancer.
In his latest project, Ethan is helping create a clearer visual picture and increasing the safety of stroke patients through his Stroke Management with Augmented Reality Technology (SMART) camera device, which has received praise from leading Australian scientists.
“I’m currently preparing to test the SMART device on vision impaired people, which is very exciting. It’s the first tool of its kind in the field and I’m hoping to develop it into an affordable product for those who need it,” Ethan 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 Ethan’s efforts in creating a brighter future for his community.”
This year, the Wollongong 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 Wollongong 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 Wollongong Book were:
2014/15: Shellharbour local Wayne Cavanagh appears on the current cover under the theme Inspiring Others to Achieve. Wayne was recognised for helping support the health and safety of the community through the Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC). Wayne has trained hundreds of local lifesavers and contributed countless hours to see the club grow to become one of the largest SLSCs outside of Sydney.
2013/14: Mount Ousley resident Leigh Stewart OAM appeared on the cover, recognised for raising more than $5 million for local children who are ill or who have a disability. Selected under the theme Keeping Our Communities Healthy, Leigh established the Wests Illawarra Bandage Bear Benefit and Kids Fund to help ill children and purchase essential medical equipment.
2012/13: Jamerboo resident Chris Beaven appeared on the cover, recognised for brightening the lives of sick and disadvantaged children through KidzWish Foundation. Selected under the theme A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, Chris founded the charity in 2004. It now supports more than 4500 sick and disadvantaged children, and their carers in the region.