Megan Visser is brightening the lives of others in multiple ways.
After losing a friend to cancer at just 8 years old, the East Maitland cub scout was dedicated to fighting cancer through fundraising.
It's no surprise then that she was named the Scouts NSW Scout of the Year at a special twilight ceremony in Sydney on Saturday.
The East Maitland Scout Group member creates and sells candles to help raise money for the cause, which is so close to her heart.
Her mother Erin said she couldn't be more proud of her daughter, who she said had always been "quite a shy person".
"She's always been someone who is thinking of others so this is kind of just an extension of that," she said.
Mrs Visser added that Cub Scouts had been an amazing experience for Megan.
"I've seen huge changes in her - she's just had a go at things that I never would have expected her to," she said.
"[Watching her] overcoming so many of her fears has been amazing."
The Scouts NSW Scout of the Year Award exists to recognise a young person in NSW who has contributed exceptionally in their community through scouting.
The Scout of the Year Award shines the light on the amazing work of young people across the state.
"It was an amazing night in Sydney and was truly a celebration of all that these young people are doing to work towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals," Mrs Visser said.
East Maitland Scout Group considers itself very lucky to have Megan at their club.
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