Lions’ Gold Award for Daisy

On Thursday 2nd February 2017, Lions Barry Merrifield and Bill Roberts from the Lions Club of St Austell joined Year 10 at Penrice Academy for assembly, to talk about their Young Leaders in Service Programme.

The programme, which is available for students of all ages, gives young people the opportunity to volunteer locally, nationally and internationally and be recognised for their efforts to help others.

Lion Barry presented Year 10’s Daisy Devlin with her certificate, recognising her 100 hours of voluntary work with the Lions and the local community.

Mr Merrifield told Year 10: “Daisy has done some really important work with her community so it is a great pleasure to present her with a certificate.”

Young people who sign up for the Young Leaders in Service Award can look to achieve their Silver, for 50 hours of service, or their Gold, for 100 hours.

Different categories of ‘service’ include, but are not restricted to: Environment, Public Health, Safety, Literacy and Education, Disaster Relief, Community Improvement, Help Children, Help the Elderly and Help the Homeless.

Students can also care for a family member, or embrace something that could be linked to a school charity event, such as support for Project 3580 at Penrice Academy.

Mr Merrifield continued: “Young people who volunteer mature into adults who serve.  Through the Lions Young Leaders in Service Awards, Lions clubs encourage youth in the philosophy and habit of service to the community.”

Daisy said of the award: “I have really loved every minute of it, especially as I did it through the Guides so I get to represent them and meet new people, and help those in need.”

Daisy’s volunteering, which took place on Mondays and many weekends over a year, saw her making a difference to children in her community and abroad, helping with the Brownies and raising money at Penrice Academy for Save the Children. She also helped man a water station for the Cornwall Marathon, was part of the Messenger Service at the Royal Cornwall Show and baked for the Mercy Rescue Trust.

Daisy said: “I’d recommend this Award because it’s really open and varied; you can pick something you’re interested in, make new friends and make a real difference. I’m just going to keep doing it because it’s also great fun!”