Ser­vice recog­nised

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Lavinia Nuku says she will be­gin univer­sity next year with the prin­ci­ples learnt in Girls’ Bri­gade close to her heart.

The Tawa Col­lege year 13 stu­dent re­ceived the Young Leader’s Tro­phy and her Bri­gader Brooch from her com­pany on Mon­day night, their last meet­ing of 2012.

The lat­ter hon­our is the high­est na­tional award for Girls’ Bri­gade mem­bers and recog­nises her sterling ser­vice to the or­gan­i­sa­tion since she be­gan at­tend­ing 11 years ago.

The head of the Tawa com­pany, Leanne Bridge, says she owes Lavinia her own spe­cial thanks.

‘‘I’m quite new to this group so have leaned on Lavinia a lot. She’s great with ev­ery­one and a real leader here, it’s a big loss not hav­ing her next year. She is ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.’’

Lavinia says she was pushed to at­tend as a 7-year-old by her mother but grew to love the Mon­day night get- to­geth­ers at Tawa Union Church and the camps.

‘‘It’s great for meet­ing new peo­ple and we have a lot of fun. ‘‘You learn a lot of dif­fer­ent things.’’ Ac­tiv­i­ties have in­cluded crafts, learn­ing to ride a uni­cy­cle, karate, vis­it­ing Longview Rest Home and ten­pin bowl­ing.

The Girls’ Bri­gade’s philoso­phies are built around ser­vice to the community and are linked to the Chris­tian faith, al­though it is in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional.

The 4th Tawa Girls’ Bri­gade Com­pany started up ear­lier this year af­ter a pe­riod of non-ac­tiv­ity.

Los­ing a leader: The 4th Tawa Girls’ Bri­gade Com­pany will be los­ing Lavinia Nuku, who is off to study medicine in Auck­land in 2013 af­ter 11 years in the bri­gade.

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