President Alison Benefield with Hannah Frandi from Ellesmere College

Assisting youth education

by Ann van Engelen

Hannah Frandi was awarded this year’s Selwyn Lions Club scholarship for Ellesmere College as part of the club’s annual youth programme.

“We enjoy doing things that involve youth and providing scholarships to encourage their future learning,” said club president Alison Benefield.

“Fellow Lion Morag Craig and I recently attended the Ellesmere College presentation ceremony to present the award. Hannah has excelled in science and maths, and our members are proud to support her in her chosen career as she heads off to Otago University next year.

“The school choose the student they feel has met the criteria to receive the scholarship, which helps them get started in their first year of study after school. World-wide the Lions put a lot of emphasis on helping youth in any way we can.”

Internationally Lions Clubs focus on supporting youth, hunger, the environment, diabetes and child cancer.

“They are our five core interests and our club has won the youth award for our district due to the amount of work we do with children. It is one of the reasons many members join as we focus on children of all ages and help encourage them with goals and to become good citizens.

“At present, our club is all women, and we have members from 30 years old. Men can join, and we are welcoming more younger members and focussing on being family orientated. We have our Selwyn Rocks Facebook page, which encourages families to go hunting for painted rocks and it gets them outside and exercising in a fun way. They love rock hunting — the activity has certainly taken off.

“Check out our Selwyn Rocks and Selwyn Lions Club Facebook pages for more information on what we are doing. Now is a good time to order your Lions Club Christmas Cakes. All profits support charitable causes in your community.”