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Ky cheers baton heroes

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February 22, 2018

Nick Mioni (of Kyvalley) during the Queens Baton Relay. Photo by Luke Hemer.

Kayne Crompton.

Jennifer Savage.

THREE Ky locals shone last week as the 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay passed through Shepparton and Echuca.

Jennifer Savage, Nick Mioni and Kayne Crompton had the opportunity of a lifetime being part of a group of baton bearers who will collectively take more than a million steps to deliver the baton to its final destination.

The group incorporates everyone, from 10-year-old Kayne to some of Australia’s most accomplished legends, the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.

The baton is set to arrive at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on April 4.

And it’s been a long time coming, the journey started on Christmas Day — a staggering 100 days before the opening ceremony.

The three locals were chosen for their commitment to the community and their ability to put others before themselves.

As chief executive of the Kyabram Community and Learning Centre (KCLC), Jen oversees the provision of a wide range of services to our town.

And as if she’s not busy enough, she is also the leader of the Kyabram Cub Scouts and vice chair of the Goulburn Broken CMA’s Shepparton Irrigation Region People and Planning Integration Committee.

Jen has only recently relinquished her role as chair of the Campaspe Family Violence Action Group (which she co-founded), an organisation working towards ending violence towards women and children in the region.

It’s Kayne Crompton’s community spirit that made his selection an obvious one.

The 10-year-old is a long-serving fundraiser, his willingness to help out with every Good Friday Appeal and more recently the 5000 Poppies Project — a nationwide campaign to crochet a field of poppies ahead of the Anzac Centenary — made him stand out from the rest.

Having served his community tirelessly for the past 20 years, Nick Mioni is certainly qualified to carry the baton.

Helping young people and disadvantaged families are among his greatest passions — he’s supported and worked at a local drop-in centre for the past 16 years.

Nick also works with the Lancaster Primary School, Kyabram 1st Scouts Group and is an active member of GV Food Co Operative, Kyabram Community Garden and the Campaspe Shire farm advisory committee.

He regularly facilitates events for the community, activities for youth and helps provide resources for struggling families.

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