Campbell Remess

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Campbell was 9 years old when he asked to gift children in hospital with Christmas gifts, in his home town of Hobart, Tasmania,

When told it would cost too much, he borrowed his mother’s sewing machine and started to make toy teddy bears to give to the children. Now in his 5th year, Campbell has made thousands of gifts he sends to hospitals and people in need world -wide

Campbell is the world’s youngest CEO. He created his own charity where he gifts Kindness Cruise Holidays on cruise ships to unsuspecting nominees that are battling cancer . His goal of to give them a chance to relax and regroup to start new memories after the cancer experience.

In the first six months since the birth of this idea, Campbell gifted 11 Kindness cruises to families.  

Campbell has raised in excess of $150,000 for charity, made thousands of handcrafted gifts, sends his amazing handcrafted bears to victims of terrorist attacks and others in need.  Campbell is now fundraising to help to fund a research scholarship with the Menzies Centre in Hobart to have a hands-on researcher working with him and his Project 365 Family to achieve his goal of finding cures for cancers. 

Campbell takes this project very seriously and works tirelessly. He has experienced the impact of cancer first hand for 6 years as his own dad battled and overcame cancer. He has watched friends and loved ones overcome cancer as well, but he has also experienced severe loss when the disease overcame some loved ones. His goal to help find a cure for cancer is upmost in his priorities but helping people stay strong is his motivation. 

Campbell is a Year 8 student at Friends school in Hobart, he is the third eldest of 9 children.

Campbell has won many local awards including:

Clarence Young Citizen of the Year, Pride of Australia ,

Finalist in Tasmanian Young achiever awards,

People's choice in the Tasmanian Community achievement awards and

Represented Tasmania as a Queens Baton Bearer for the Commonwealth Games.

CNN Heroes Young Wonder award :The very first Australian to be awarded this. He travelled to New York City to represent our country on the red carpet and in a room filled with stars and amazing people .Campbell and his story shone the brightest and he captured the hearts of all who heard his story.

Campbell is a regular, cheeky 13-year-old boy, but he holds this passion in his heart that's changing this world and showing people hope and the power that hope has in our darkest days. ,He has reached out and held the weakest hands through the toughest days .

In his “spare time”, Campbell is a junior Volunteer Firefighter and trains each Tuesday.

Phil Houghton2019