Awards night ac­knowl­edges the courage of our chil­dren

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PROSER­PINE youth were pre­sented with Chil­dren of Courage awards last Thurs­day evening by the Proser­pine Lions Club.

Har­ley Bray­ford, Jar­rah Kennedy, Emilee Rodgers, Trent Sylvester and Cae­lyn Dyson were ac­knowl­edged for their courage to live with a disability and their strate­gies to over­come dif­fi­cul­ties and con­tinue liv­ing a ful­filled life.

Proser­pine Lions Club hosts the an­nual project to recog­nise youth who are dis­ad­van­taged.

Can­di­dates are cho­sen by spe­cial needs teach­ers at lo­cal schools who are fa­mil­iar with the dif­fi­cul­ties these chil­dren have to over­come.

Proser­pine Pri­mary School teacher Mar­garet Perkins, who has been the li­ai­son be­tween the school and the club for at least the past six years, saw the awards night as an op­por­tu­nity for the chil­dren to shine.

“They were very wor­thy of the award,” she said. The stu­dents were re­ally ex­cited prior to the evening and each of them said they felt hon­oured to re­ceive their medal­lion and cer­tifi­cate.

Ms Perkins also said the au­di­ence was im­pressed with the event.

Proser­pine Lions Club sec­re­tary Ho­race Low­bridge, who de­scribed this year’s awards night as “ex­cep­tional”, said the or­gan­i­sa­tion loved to show their en­cour­age­ment to the com­mu­nity’s youth.

“Any­thing to do with youth we love to get in­volved and show our sup­port to any prob­lems they have,” he said.

Mr Low­bridge said the night was filled with com­mu­nity sup­port.

“The chil­dren were very well sup­ported by their fam­ily, friends and teach­ers on the night and it made for a very en­joy­able evening,” he said.

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