Australia Day

26 January 2015

92 days to go

Joshua Lang

Joshua Lang

Queensland Young Australian of the Year finalist

Eighteen years ago, Joshua was born at 27.5 weeks and weighed just 1420 grams. At the time, the Logan Hospital’s nursery had only been open for one week and not equipped to deal with babies born prematurely.

At the age of three, Joshua made the decision that his job would be to bring hope to families at a time when they needed to smile.

Now, each Christmas Eve and on his milestone birthday, Joshua and his parents return to the hospital to offer support to parents and give gifts to babies in the Special Care Nursery.

Joshua believes in ‘paying it forward’ and enjoys providing hope to families who have experienced a journey similar to his own.

One of Joshua’s favourite experiences happened on Christmas Eve in 2011. While delivering hampers, one of the parents was so grateful that Joshua was given the opportunity to cuddle his baby, Charlotte. It was then Joshua experienced how his parents must have felt when they held him for the first time.

Joshua has been recognised with a  Logan City Young Citizen of the Year Award (2013), Queensland Young Australian of the Year Award finalist (2013), Logan City Council Young Citizen Australia Day Award (2012) and Albert and Logan News Community Award (2010).

In 2012, Joshua assisted Loganlea McDonald’s for McHappy Day and earlier this year, assisted MS Australia and met Her Excellency, The Governor of Queensland, Ms Penelope Wensley AC.

Joshua is committed to helping new parents of premature babies and hopes to continue bringing hope to these families.