YOUNG people sometimes have a bad reputation but Year 8 student Jayden MacDougall proved the sceptics wrong when he went out of his way to assist an elderly man who was in desperate need of help.
While walking home from school, Jayden noticed an older man who seemed to be struggling to walk along a path near The Gooseponds.
"He was walking slowly and then he stopped... I asked him if he was okay and he collapsed into the bushes in front of me," Jayden said.
"He was muddling all of his words and he was shaking and sweating."
Seeing the man was in need of help, Jayden went straight into action.
"My dad is a safety officer and basically he has been training me up," Jayden said.
"I picked him up but he couldn't stand... he was just exhausted.
"I started waving down the traffic for someone to help but no one stopped."
Jayden admits he was frustrated and angry at the drivers who chose not to stop when they could see that he needed help.
Eventually a man riding a motorbike stopped.
He and Jayden helped the man to sit in a chair in the shade and the ambulance was called.
Jayden was Mackay North State High School's Student of the Week last week.
He received a box of chocolates from the daughter of the man who needed help.
It is believed the man suffers from Alzheimer's and diabetes and had become disorientated while out walking.
Jayden's father, Scott MacDougall, is proud of his son's efforts.
As a safety officer for a mining company he said the incident illustrated the need for people to learn first aid in the community.
"Jayden has held his Senior First Aid Ticket since he was eight years old," Mr MacDougall said.
"I trained him myself when I provided training for NFTI (National First Aid Training Institute) and he has kept this qualification and refreshed his CPR and first aid qualifications yearly since he first attained his competency.
"It makes you realise how important training is.
"Kids get a bad rap in the media... they make all young people seem like rat bags..."
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