Hugh Evans, is the "founder of the Oaktree Foundation –Australia’s first entirely youth-run and youth-driven aid and development agency.
"In its first year Oaktree raised over $100,000 to develop a community resource in the Valley of Kwa-Ngcolosi in South Africa. This centre now provides more than 1,000 people with educational opportunities, including a community library and computer access.
"Hugh also established the Youth Ambassador program for World Vision, which enables young people to participate in the work of World Vision in the developing world. Hugh travelled to South Africa as World Vision’s first youth ambassador in 2003.
"Hugh’s passion for helping others began when he was 12 years old, and became involved in World’s Vision’s 40-Hour famine. With his drive, Hugh’s school became the highest fund-raising school in Australia for the 40 hour Famine appeal.
"Hugh was named Young Australian of the Year in 2004 and in 2005 was named as One of Twelve Outstanding Young People of the World by the Junior Chamber International."