2021 Michael Chin Humanitarian Award
Dr. Michael Chin, a long serving General Practitioner in the Karrinyup area, was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Karrinyup serving the Club in various roles and was the first member of our Club to be named a Paul Harris Fellow. He passed away in 1998. The Michael Chin Humanitarian Award was created in 2000, in his name, to honour outstanding individuals, who serve the community and those in need, for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Recipients are those whose daily dedication epitomises the highest standard of quality and personal commitment.
At just fifteen year of age Scott Guerini is our youngest ever awardee. At the age of four, he decided to walk the 25km from his family’s farm into town ay Southern Cross to raise money. He completed this walk in 8 hours and 40 minutes and so his love and commitment for helping WA children was born. Scott has now finished eleven walks, seven of which were of marathon length, 42.19 km. Furthermore, he has covered more than 700km to raise $181,000 for Telethon.
Along with these great walks, for the past four years, Scott has completed a Treadmill Challenge over the Telephon weekend walking an additional 50km on a treadmill. He has also written and illustrated a book entitled “Did You Know You Can Change the World?” This book aims to encourage children to consider how they can make a difference to the lives of others. In 2019 Scott used the prize money from winning a WA Young Achiever Award and a WA Youth Award to launch his podcast 'Scott’s Great Chat' with the goal of helping other teenagers cope with the challenges of High School. Whilst Scott is our youngest awardee he certainly seems to be one of the busiest.
Dr Michael Chin's son Peter Chin, presented the award at the recent Rotary 47th birthday dinner. Scott's proud family and nominator Santina were also in attendance. The Rotary Club of Karrinyup is delighted to recognise Scott as a most worthy recipient of the 2021 Michael Chin Humanitarian Award.