Time to enrol to vote

25-04-2020 by admin

DEEP IN THOUGHT: Wade High students Kiara Billing and Chelsea Blunden with Kay Catanzariti. Picture: Anthony StipoTHE room was unnaturally quiet at Wade High School on Tuesday as Kay Catanzariti spoke to a group of year 12 students about issues they could no longer ignore.

“Nobody knows in this world what is around the corner,” Mrs Catanzariti said.

“You are all nearly 18, if you’re not 18 already –have you enrolled to vote?”

On Tuesday she explained to students not only how they could make a will through her charity Will It Your Way, but how they could also enrol to vote through the website by scanning a QR code found on the back ofthe flyer with theirmobile phones.

Mrs Catanzariti has tirelessly campaigned to raise awareness about the importance of young people having a will after losing her son Ben in 2012 when a concrete pouring boom collapsed on top of him at a Canberra worksite.

He was just 21 and had not left a will.

“After scanning the QR code all you have to do isscroll throughand press a button andfill in your details, it’s that simple,” Mrs Catanzariti said.

“It takes you three minutes.

“Once you turn 18 you are legally obliged to vote in the elections.Things like this, leaving a will, voting, are really important and they are something for you to consider right now.

“Unfortunately accidents do happen and this has prompted me to make you all aware.

“You guys have to take control of your own lives and your futures.”

Mrs Catanzariti prompted the students to consider their families and make a will as soon as possible, recounting her own tragic experiencesas a parent who had to suffer the complexities of the legal system.

Mrs Catanzariti will meetwithACT Education minister Shane Rattenbury next weekto introduce Will It Your Way and the importance of enrolling to voteto Dickson college in Canberra.

“The ACT education department have really great in following this up,” Mrs Catanzariti said. “They are 110 per cent behind us.”

“The teacher actually said they thought it was great –they were actually quiet –I’m going home to tell my partner we are making a will

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