Change has no age

Student voices are powerful at all ages. 10 year old Ahelee reached out to VicSRC about her dreams and we're shouting her wise words from the rooftops.

VicSRC change has no age Ahelee Rahman

I am Ahelee Rahman, a grade five student at Caulfield Primary School. In September, I participated in the Primary Schools’ Parliamentary Convention. I am truly grateful to those who organised this wonderful event as I found the overall experience a truly amazing one. It provided a fantastic opportunity to connect with other like-minded children of my age and an insightful understanding of into what life as a Member of Parliament is like and the contributions they make towards building better community. This event motivated me and helped me to become more determined to work for making more prosperous Australia.

At the parliamentary convention, my group's mentor was a girl from VicSRC named Venus. She was very inspiring and I believe that she can guide me on leadership programs and being on the VicSRC Executive Team which I aspire to be a part of. 

Youth is the age of discovery and dreams. I have many dreams. I have a dream that I will inspire others. I dream that one day, someone will look at me, and say “It was because of you I didn’t give up.” I have sat and thought about how I will inspire others. The answer, a very simple one, is just to help.  I know that helping a person won’t necessarily change the world, but it might change someone’s life for the greater good.

The next question I had to ask myself, was the question of how will I be able to help? Just before my tenth birthday this year, through OXFAM I managed to raise $1603 for the less fortunate people around the globe, those who go to bed at night on an empty stomach. That time I realised that what Les Brown, an American speaker and author, said was true. “Help others achieve their dreams, and you will achieve yours”. As Mother Teresa has said, “At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.”

As I dream for a better Australia, I want to start working with and for the community, for my country. I might have just turned ten, but I believe that it is never too early, nor is it ever too late to start helping and working for others.

Ahelee Rahman
Grade 5, Caulfield Primary School
Dec. 2015

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