CHILDREN OF COURAGE 2020
Date: Saturday 9th May
Time: 9.00 am till 1.00 pm. Registration starts at 9.00 am.
Morning Tea: 9.00 am to 9.45 am sandwiches, cake, tea & coffee
Venue: Gary Holland Community Centre 19 Kent Street Rockingham WA 6168 - Google Map
Download Documents: 1. Sponsorship Information for Lions Clubs
3. District 201W1 Nomination Form - Word Format
District 201W1 Nomination Form - PDF Format
Nomination forms from Lions Clubs must be received by the 21st March 2020
4. District 201W1 Parent/Guardian Consent Form - Word Format
District 201W1 Parent/Guardian Consent Form - PDF Format
For Further Information and any queries please contact -
|District 201W1||District 201W2|
|Contact||Debra Jones||Pushpa Rama|
|Mobile||0420 648 902||0409 112 206|
Give recognition to
a very special group of
young West Australians"
Lions "Children of Courage" Award Program
The Lions Children of Courage Award Program is now established as an important and extremely worthwhile annual project of Lions Clubs International in Western Australia.
The program was introduced in 1983 by the late Past District Governor Joe Mason, OAM, 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.
What are the Lions Children of Courage Awards?
Definitely not a competition! Every recipient of an award is a “winner” in his or her own right, as the recognition of these young people’s achievements will:
- Act as an encouragement for their future
- Help them to believe in themselves and
- Help to increase their self-worth
All children want to be accepted by others, regardless of any special needs they may have. These awards will portray them as children who have successfully overcome additional barriers which face them in this world.
Each year the children who are to receive an award, together with members of their nominating club and their families, are invited to attend a presentation.
As each child is called forward for the presentation, a short summary of the reasons for the presentation and eligibility for the award is read. The recipient of the award then receives a plaque detailing the category under which the award is made.
Nominations are to be forwarded through local Lions Clubs for consideration and approval and are restricted to children between the ages of 5 and 15 years. Children can only be nominated once for this award.
Categories of the Award
Children with special needs who have shown courage in the face of adversity. Such children include those who are confined to wheelchairs, who are sight, hearing or speech impaired or have undergone long periods of medical treatment, surgery or hospitalisation, which has perhaps brought pain and trauma to their young lives.
Nominees in this category will be those children who have attempted to overcome these obstacles and who have striven to improve the quality of their lives.
"Courageous Act or Deed"
A child who, without regard for personal safety, has been instrumental in the preservation of life and/or property, or has rendered assistance at an accident, or whose concern for others is worthy of recognition.
"Outstanding Sporting Achievements"
A child who has overcome personal hardship and, or disadvantage to achieve a high degree of sporting prowess as an individual, or as a good team member.
Nominations for the 2020 Awards are now open
Nominations for Chidlren of Courage for the 2020 Awards are now being accepted from clubs and community organisations.
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 above with Lily and her family (Waroona).
Success boy all smiles despite adversity
Above: Emma Leonard (Success PS Ed. Support Teacher), Tamara Dlugi with Aidan (Preprimary) & sister Amelia (Year 2).
AIDAN Dlugi is as energetic, friendly and inquisitive as any other five-year-old.
The young Success Primary School student is already a little celebrity among his peers and teachers, but despite his happy demeanour everyday activities such as talking and walking are a challenge for the otherwise vivacious little boy.
Aidan has multiple chromosomal abnormalities, mosaicism of four of his chromosomes, a combination which has never been seen and has no name but has led to global development delay, hearing impairments and leg muscle development issues among others.
But Aidan’s mother Tamara Dlugi said despite his adversity, nothing could bring Aidan’s spirit down.
“Aidan just keeps on going, he doesn’t let his condition stop him,” she said.
“Our nickname for him is ‘Aidanator the Investigator’ as he is very inquisitive of the world around him and he is fascinated with technology and buttons-if something has buttons, he won’t leave it alone until he can work out what it does.
“He is adventurous, cute, loving and caring and his smile really does light up a room.
“He gets everyone wrapped around his little fingers very quickly.”
Last month, Aidan was recognised for his spirited approach to life with a Lions Children of Courage Award, which acknowledges children who have shown bravery in the face of adversity.
He was one of seven young Cockburn children sponsored by the Lions Club of Jandakot Lakes for the 2019 event.
Mrs Dlugi said she was amazed at just how strong her little boy was.
“He had to wear a hip brace for two years, but he still found a way to play and interact with everyone,” she said.
I wanted to say a huge thank you for putting on the Children of Courage awards. It made Ollie feel very special and he took his medal and certificate into school today to show his Pre-Primary teacher.
Thank you for recognising the braveness of these wonderful children. The stories were incredible, of bravery, of triumph over hardship or ongoing battles. What an amazing group of kids and parents.
Thank you again, it's a truly wonderful initiative.
Kindest regards, The Hazelwood Family
Good afternoon all, I would like to congratulate everyone on a job well done for today. Everything went very well and I feel having the morning tea first before the presentations works very well.
Once the children have their awards they don’t have to hang around if they don’t want too. It is certainly the best venue we have had, without the heavy costs that have been put up with in previous years.
Will be interesting to see the photos when they come out.
Once again, thank you to everyone concerned.
District Governor 201W2
Port Kennedy Lions Club
H. 08 9439 5187