WA Lions Children of Courage Awards - an Annual Award recognising Extraordinary Western Australian Children and their Families
2019 CHILDREN OF COURAGE AWARDS
Picture are two of the very special children who received awards at the 2019 presentation, held at the Hale School on 25 May 2019.
The committee members express their thanks to all the families and especially all of you beautiful and inspirational children who received awards today, thank you to all the sponsoring Clubs, Vic Park Lions who did the catering and to Kate Smithers, Tamsin Cook, Kym Howe, Lion Dave Nelson and to you all the Committee Members. You all made the day a wonderful and beautiful day.
The children were delighted to be able to meet our Lions mascot Clarrie, made possible by the Waroona Leos, with Joey Wheeler featuring. He is seen below with Lily and her family (Waroona).
Read about one of this year's Children of Courage, Aiden Dlugi from Success, here (with thanks and acknowledgement to the Cockburn Gazette for this article).
ABOUT CHILDREN OF COURAGE
Children of Courage was introduced in 1983 by the late Past District Governor Joe Mason, AOM, who saw a need to provide for an awards program through which Lions Clubs in Western Australia could recognize a very special group of young Western Australians and their families. At that time, there were many awards that recognized the achievements of young people except the children with special needs.
Since its modest beginnings, the Lions Children of Courage Awards has grown to be one of the most important annual events in the Western Australian Lions’ calendar.
Children of Courage is NOT A COMPETITION. Every nominated child will receive an award.
In hosting this annual award, Lions Clubs aim to honour the individual achievements of extraordinary children in 3 categories and provide them with:
- ENCOURAGEMENT, and
All children aged from 5 - 15 years of age who fall into one of the categories listed below and have not previously received a Children of Courage award, are eligible for nomination.
You can read a testimonial from one family whose three children all received awards in 2015 here.
CHILDREN OF COURAGE CATEGORIES
For children with special needs who have shown courage in the face of adversity and overcome obstacles or endeavoured to improve the quality of their own lives.
May include children who are confined to wheelchairs, are sight, hearing or speech impaired, have a long term or terminal medical condition or have undergone long periods of medical treatment, surgery or hospitalisation.
Courageous Act or Deed
For children who have acted bravely in an accident or life threatening situation to assist in preventing further harm to other persons or property.
Outstanding Sporting Achievements
A child who has overcome personal hardship and/or disadvantage to achieve a high degree of sporting achievement as an individual or team member.