Stawell's Nic Pridan striving for a better Bangladesh

STAWELL - Stawell teenager Nicholas Pridan, is determined to achieve a better Bangladesh.

Nicholas Pridan set off to Bangladesh to raise awareness about the need for better quality water in the developing South-Asia country.

Nicholas' motivation came when a Nobel Prize winning Economist, labelled the nation as a "bottomless basket" a derogatory term for a nation facing perpetual economic mediocrity.

From there the only challenge for Nicholas was getting over there and doing his bit prior to his 20th birthday.

The Stawell teenager departed Australia and arrived in Bangladesh on December 4, staying with friends at the Dhaka Club.

"There's oodles you can learn about this online, but oodles more to learn from interacting with change makers in the field," Pridan said.

"I wanted to raise in-nation awareness of the importance of safe water for rural communities and the need for physical activity."

Pridan's role in creating awareness and bringing attention to the area was in the way of a fun run.

The fun run was over 15 kilometres and the last five kilometres having school students following Pridan's lead.

With more than 50 students following him in t-shirts and hats that read "Running with Nic Pridan" the job was made relatively easy.

In time of leisure, Nicholas ran an Australian Rules Football clinic.

The clinic went for a couple of hours practising skills such as handballing and bouncing the oddly shaped ball, before they started a ten on ten scratch match.

One of the highlights of Nicholas' adventure was the recognition he received from the Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad.

Mr Broad got in touch with Nicholas while he was abroad to discuss his work in federal parliament alongside the importance of tackling problems in South Asia.

"We have a young man who, at 19 years of age, believes that the world can be a better place if you are prepared to get involved," Mr Broad said.

The mature nineteen year old enjoyed his time in Bangladesh, but has no specific follow up plan organised as yet.

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