William Santo

Normanton man William Santo has made a life out of helping others.

Currently working as a financial counsellor for Save the Children, William works with local families to improve their financial situation in the hopes of securing children's rights to a happy, safe and successful future.

"I really enjoy this type of work; working and travelling in remote areas," William said.

"I believe I can make a change to somebody's life. That's what really inspires me."

He attributes his need to help others as a direct result of his upbringing in a close-knit family.

"My mother and father are my inspiration," he said.

"The hardship both had to endure being under the Aboriginal Act, but both maintaining their dignity as proud Aboriginal people.

"If it wasn't for my parents, brother, sister, many of my uncles and aunties, cousins and sisters that have always supported and encouraged me throughout my growing up, I wouldn't be the person I am today."

William said he encourages young Indigenous people to push themselves and strive for success but also stay in touch with their heritage.

"Set goals in life. Don't be lazy. Travel and explore Australia, and most importantly learn and respect your Elders."

After realising a dream in marrying who he describes as "beautiful lady" and "this special person", the 50-year-old has a very simple ambition for the future.

"To be a better man; and to help the less fortunate," he said.