Lions Children of Courage Awards are about giving recognition to a very special group of young West Australians. The program was introduced in 1983 by Lions Clubs in WA and acts as an encouragement for these children. Every recipient of an award is a “winner” in his or her own right, as the recognition of these young people’s achievements helps them to believe in themselves and increases their self-worth.
All children want to be accepted by others, regardless of any special needs they may have. These awards celebrate 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.
There are three categories under which a child can be nominated: 1) Special Needs, 2) Courageous Act or Deed, and 3) Outstanding Sporting Achievements. See more information here.
Left: South Perth Lions Youth Band play at Children of Courage Ceremony, WA.
Above: Children of Courage Ceremony, Adelaide, SA.