Willmot's Alicia Judge dedicates youth to charity work

Not many 14-year-olds would have the social conscience to donate their full pay cheque to a charity once per month. 

It might have only been a few hundred dollars, but for Willmot’s Alicia Judge it was an early sign of a developing passion for giving.

“Every month I chose a new charity,” she told the Star.

“I donated to groups like the Luekaemia Foundation, the Cancer Council and Mission Australia. It wasn’t much at the time but it was just something I wanted to do.”

Now 21, Ms Judge spent the rest of her teenager years and beyond seeking out a way to help those less fortunate.

This month she pulled together more than 100 arts and crafts packages out of her own pocket to give to patients at Westmead Children’s Hospital for Easter.

“It was beautiful,” she said. “The smiles on those children's faces are the reason I do what I do.”

It follows a toy drive in December, which saw more than 100 families receive extra presents under their trees thanks to Mission Australia Kingswood’s Christmas appeal.

Ms Judge, 21, with presents she donated to Mission Australia in December.

Ms Judge, 21, with presents she donated to Mission Australia in December.

“Everyone always asked me, ‘Why do you do this?’,” she said. “I tell them it’s the most rewarding feeling.

“Not everyone is in the position to donate money or items, but I'd love to see more people think about those in a less fortunate situation over those holiday periods.”

The Erskine Park High School graduate has plans to hold a cancer fundraiser in June. 

Ms Judge said she owed her generous spirit to her parents.

“They’re the ones that raised me,” she said.

“They always made me quite aware of the people who were less fortunate than we were.

“I’m extremely proud to be their daughter.”

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