Maryborough's Coen Ashton named Junior Citizen of Year

AFTER spending much of last year doing a national tour to speak to thousands of school children about becoming organ donors, Maryborough's Coen Ashton has been named the Fraser Coast Regional Council's Junior Citizen of the Year.

The teenager will receive the award in an official ceremony today as part of the region's Australia Day celebrations.

Coen underwent a double lung transplant in 2012 after spending years battling cystic fibrosis.

His mum Dawn said her son was thrilled to learn he has received the honour.

"He didn't know that he had been nominated.

"It was a really nice surprise for him."

Dawn said Coen shared his story in the hope that others would be inspired to join the organ donation register.

"His motto is 'my donor, my hero'," she said.

While he is still receiving treatment after his lungs started showing signs of rejection late last year, Coen shows no sign of slowing down and he will jump on a jet ski to help raise money for Variety next month.

RECIPIENTS

Community Group: We Care 2

Community Event: Fraser Coast Queensland Week Music and Arts Festival

Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Lachlan Amodeo

Sportsperson of the Year: Nick and Dawn Downes

Junior Cultural Award: Chloe Wright

Cultural Award: Toni Robinson

Junior Citizen of the Year: Coen Ashton

Citizen of the Year: Warren Persal



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