BY OLIVER MURRAY
Village Voice (Sydney)
The 18-year-old was named Strathfield Council’s Young Citizen of the Year at Australia Day celebrations last week.
The former St Patrick’s College student led a group that raised $96,500 to build a library for children in PNG.
Last Saturday Matthew flew back to East New Britain where he will spend six months teaching English and helping build the new library.
When he first visited Papua New Guinea it was part of a St Patrick’s College program where old school computers were donated to local schools.
“It was a big eye-opener when I went there last time,” Matthew said.
“St Pat’s had a program where they collected old computers from schools in Sydney and fixed them so they can be re-used over there.
“Going there made me aware of what schools can do to help. We can be so wasteful over here and we don’t know how lucky we are as well.”
When Matthew returns from the South Pacific nation, he plans to study advanced science at University of NSW.