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UYCE is pleased to announce that the Winner of the Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award for 2021 is

ROSIE HELLICAR of Warburton.

Rosie was presented with her award at the Annual General Meeting of UYCE Ltd held last night, Wednesday 17 November 2021. 

Upper Yarra Community Enterprise hold the Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award to recognise, acknowledge, and reward a young person Under 25 who makes a positive contribution to their Upper Yarra community. Whether it be through a Community organisation, group, school, club or workplace.

We know it has been again been a challenging year, and we have all been tested with lockdowns.  With this Award we have an opportunity to turn the spotlight onto the fabulous inspiration and commitment of our young people, bring some cheer and give us more reasons to commend and celebrate our local Community and our amazing YOUTH!


ROSIE HELLICAR, was nominated by Kelly Taylor her teacher at Cire, for her involvement and commitments with:

  • Misfit Project (Theatre Group)working as an Assistant on productions that involve and cater for young people in the Upper Yarra, giving them a place to belong and develop.
  • Koha Community Cafévolunteer at this weekly community café, providing meals for those who may not otherwise be able to support their family
  • Interchange Outer Eastvolunteer disability support worker attending camps and day activities helping children participate and engage in the programs 

At 17 years of age, Rosie has demonstrated her unwavering philosophy of service to others and the Upper Yarra community, and is a true role model.

She is a worthy recipient of the 2021 Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award and we are pleased to recognise her contributions present, past and undoubtably future.


And sincere thanks to Kelly for the nomination.

This $1,000 Award, has been going since 2012 and is presented in the spirit of the late Ian De La Rue OAM.  Ian was first Chairman of the Warburton Community Bank 1999-2005 and a member of the Steering Committee that founded the Bank. Ian received his OAM for services to the Community.

*An initiative of UYCE Ltd made possible through the generous support of Community Banks Warburton and Yarra Junction*