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2015 Top 20 Under 20™ award recipient
Maike van Niekerk, 19



Maike raised $35,000 by cycling across Newfoundland to kickstart the only initiative, Katrin’s Karepackage, that helps offset travel costs for Newfoundland cancer patients commuting to the only radiation treatment centre in the province. After volunteering as a nurse in Nuwakot, Nepal, Maike started an organization that provides school supplies to all five primary schools in Nuwakot, helping over 600 children. She was recently selected as one of five international youth ambassadors for an experiential learning and teaching opportunity in Greece with impossible2Possible. While studying nursing at Dalhousie University, Maike also dedicates her time to volunteering for health organizations and conducting research on Aboriginal breast cancer in memory of her mother.