Young Australian of the Year 2004
Hugh Evans is 25 years old and already earned the enviable reputation of international humanitarian. He was just 14 years old when he began his humanitarian work, travelling to the Philippines as an ambassador for World Vision.After completing high school in 2001, Hugh deferred University becoming World Vision's inaugural Youth Ambassador travelling to South Africa. On the ground, Hugh implemented building projects while caring for a number of orphaned children affected by aids. Returning to Australia, Hugh become founder and director of the Oaktree Foundation. It remains Australia's first youth run aid organisation with a mission to empower young people in the developing world through education in a way that is sustainable. Since 2003 development projects funded by Oaktree have also been established in The Philippines, Papua New Guinea, India and East Timor, providing educational opportunities to more than 40,000 young people. Hugh was recognised in 2004 with the Young Australian of the Year award, and in 2005, was named the Junior Chamber Young Person of the World Award.