Brent Marshall

At the age of six Brent was diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease. Since then he has defied the odds with his own life and gone on to help others.

In 2006, Brent completed his butcher's apprenticeship. Since then he has been volunteering for the Oaktree Foundation, Australia's largest youth-run International Aid and Development organisation. Earlier this year Brent ran the 'live below the line' campaign in Queensland.

"For five days in May we encouraged people to live off $2.00 a day for food and drink to get a better understanding of the challenges faced by people living in extreme poverty and to raise funds for crucial anti-poverty initiatives.

"We raised over $50,000 in Queensland and $1 million Australia-wide,' he said.

"The sense of giving from people was amazing."

Brent also works as the Sponsorship Officer at the Redcliffe Area Youth Space and is part of the management committee. The youth space provides award winning programs to assist youth in areas such as education and justice.

"It has been amazing to work with my Manager who is a very inspiring person and also the youth workers at the centre who do an amazing job."

As for the future, Brent has aspirations of the political nature and hopes to be able to work with young people through this career path.

"Young people are full of amazing talents, they just need to be given a chance."