Children of Courage
The Lions Children of Courage Awards Program is now established as an important and extremely worthwhile project of Lions Clubs in our District. What are the Lions Children of Courage Awards?
The Children of Courage awards recognize a very special group of children and their families. There are many awards that recognize the achievements of young people, however children with ‘special needs’ were not catered for. These awards are especially designed to recognize the courage and bravery shown by these children every day. The Children of Courage Awards are not a competition. Every recipient of an award is a “winner” in his or her own right, as the recognition of these young peoples’ 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.
Categories of Awards
There are four (4) categories for which a child may be nominated …
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 hospitalization, which has perhaps brought pain and trauma to their young 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 concerns for others is worthy of recognition. This category may also include children who have undergone lifesaving surgery, or undergone daily medical treatments i.e. diabetes. A child who acts as a carer for a parent may be recognized under this category.
Sibling Recognition Award
This category is for siblings who actively participate in the daily care for their brother or sister who has a ‘special need’.
Inspiring Sporting Achievement
For children who have overcome great personal hardship/disadvantage to compete as an individual or team member in their chosen sport.
In every community there are certain to be worthy nominees for a Lions Children of Courage Award. Nominations are forwarded through local Lions Clubs for consideration and approval and are restricted to children aged between the ages of 5 and 15 years. Please find the application form here
Lions Clubs who may wish to participate may obtain an information kit from the District Chairman:
Peter Phillips Club: Ingham
P: 07 4777 1248 M: 0437 391 281
A: PO Box 20, Trebonne 4850
201Q2 recently gave out a Children of Courage Award!
The Lower Herbert Halifax Lions Club recently presented Halli Barker, a student at Mundingburra State School with a Children of Courage Award.
The Lions Children of Courage Award
Halli was instrumental in rendering assistance to her father after an accident. Here is Halli’s story...
During the October school holidays, Halli, who is only 10 years old was at home alone with her Father. Her Father was lighting a fire however did not see a paint tin behind the fire area.
The fire caused the tin exploded covering her father's face and upper body, setting him on fire. Halli saw her father was on fire and yelled at him to get in the pool. She then rang the fire brigade and the ambulance. Halli talked her father through getting in the shower and staying under water flow until help arrived.
During this time her father was not coherent and kept asking Halli what to do. She remained calm, keeping him calm and telling him what to do.
Halli’s father has made good progress since the accident and is on the road to recovery.
Pictured: Halli with her father and Zone Chair Allan Hansen.