Lions NZ CEO, Arvind Ramin (left), presenting the awards to past student, Kaden Hughes, and the Principal, Virginia Crawford. by Tim Atkinson

Fraser Students Receive Lions Clubs NZ Awards for Community Service

The Lions Clubs of New Zealand and the Islands of the South Pacific Council Chair (CEO) Arvind Raman recently presented two awards to Principal of Fraser High School, Virginia Crawford, and ex-student, Kaden Hughes.

Dinsdale Lions has formed a fantastic partnership with the school, whereby the Year 13 students help out with Club projects. For the last five years, the Year 13 students have been encouraged to take part in community service activities by Arvind, so that they learn how to look after their environment and at the same time give something back to their community.

The restoration project of Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park, provides students with an ideal opportunity to volunteer their help on the last Saturday of every month either by planting native trees or weeding. The 60-hectare park will serve as a focus for Hamilton’s wider biodiversity restoration. Lions Club members and students work side by side, helping each other. A positive off-shoot of this is a lot of communication and learning from each other, across the usual generational divide!

At the recent February 2019 Lions District Convention in Cambridge, this project was judged as the best Environment Project and Youth project for the District. The Lions District includes all of the Waikato and Bay of Plenty areas.

The students are also invited to attend their Club’s dinner meetings three or four times a year at no cost to themselves. Fraser High School Head students are also invited to attend Lions Club Business meetings every month, so the students can learn how to run meetings and also learn communication skills and good “people” skills.

If you would like more information, or how to join your nearest Lions Club to help your community, please get in touch with us on councilchair@lionsclubs.org.nz