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Youth volunteer makes his mark on the global stage

Cancer Council were thrilled to nominate a volunteer to represent Australia’s Relay For Life student movement at this year's American Cancer Society’s Leadership summit in Atlanta, Georgia.

Theo Magill, a 22 year old I.T student from Merewether, NSW, was chosen based on his tireless commitment to implementing Cancer Council initiatives at the University of Newcastle since starting his tertiary education there in 2012.

Theo was instrumental in establishing the university's Cancer Council and Students Alliance, which promotes the not-for-profit organisation on campus through activities like Daffodil Day stalls.

"Fortunately I'm one of the few that hasn't been affected personally by cancer, but I still want to help in any way I can," Theo said.

Theo formed the alliance with fellow Cancer Council volunteer James Garlick, who attended the conference in Atlanta last year.

The pair hope to one day expand the alliance to the university's Ourimbah campus and create and promote paid internships with the Cancer Council.

Theo presented these ideas and more at the conference, where he also spoke about the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay For Life.

Having participated in the Relay for the past decade, Theo said his ultimate goal would be to host it at the University of Newcastle.

Around 200 others attended the annual summit, which brought together the top 15 University Relay For Life events, top 10 high school events and 30 "upcoming"/high potential events.