Booragoon Lions Club Inc

District 201W2, Western Australia, Australia

Children of Courage

In 20l6, Booragoon Lions Club nominated two youth for Children of Courage Awards. Jayde Kinane is 15 years old and was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth.  Her daily regime includes 40-50 tablets, two physio sessions and nebulisers.  Jayde is admitted to PMH for IV’s every 3-6 months depending on her lung function.  She attends Servite Catholic College, dances three times a week at Gail Meade Performing Arts and in her spare time, likes to surf.  Jayde has an amazing attitude to life. She won’t allow CF to get in her way. 

Keaton Crowther was born early at 32 weeks requiring the first couple of months in the  neonatal unit at PMH. He has undergone surgery for gastroesophageal reflux commencing from the age of six months up to the last surgery in 2013. He was tube fed up to the age of two years. Keaton was also diagnosed with Atrial Septal Defect and Atrioventricular Septal Defect. In March 2015 he had open heart surgery. Keaton attends Rossmoyne Primary School.  He has recently signed up for the Rossmoyne Raiders Auskick for the 2016 sessions. His interests are soccer, AFL, gymnastics, fishing and computers. He continues to amaze his family with his caring loving nature and wicked smile even when he not feeling 100%.

Lions Children of Courage Awards

The Lions Children of Courage Award Program is now established as an important and extremely worthwhile annual project of Lions Clubs International in Western Australia. The program was introduced in 1983 by the late Past District Governor Joe Mason, AOM, who saw a need to provide for an awards program through which Lions Clubs in Western Australia could recognize a very special group of young Western Australians - and their families.

Since its modest beginnings, the Lions Children of Courage Awards has grown to be one of the most important annual events in the Western Australian Lions calendar.  In fact this award has become a National program.

By recognising recipients' achievements, the awards will: 

The Award categories are:

1. Special Needs Children with special needs who have shown courage in the face of adversity. Such children include those who are confined to wheelchairs, who are sight, hearing or speech impaired or have undergone long periods of medical treatment, surgery or hospitalization, which has perhaps brought pain and trauma to their young lives. Nominees in this category will be those children who have attempted to overcome these obstacles and who have striven to improve the quality of their lives.

2. Courageous Act or Deed  -  A child who without regard for personal safety, has been instrumental in the preservation of life and/or property, or has rendered assistance at an accident, or whose concern for others is worthy of recognition.

3. Outstanding Sporting Achievements  -  A child who has overcome personal hardship and/or disadvantage to achieve a high degree of sporting prowess as an individual, or as a good team member.

Each year the Lions Club of Booragoon nominates youngsters to receive awards at the Ceremony.

In 2014, Booragoon Lions nominated Fabian Rebelo (pictured left in the photo) diagnosed in 2011 with Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 and in 2012 with Autism, and  Izaac Coubrough, the youngest West Australian in 2004 (aged 8 months) to become a cochlear implant recipient.We congratulate Fabian and Izaac for being very worthy recipients of the Lions Children of Courage Award. Izaac was guest speaker at a Club meeting on 12 April 2015. A lot has happened in just a few years. He was attending Christian Brothers College in Fremantle, was a keen swimmer and basketball player, and in 2015 was a guest speaker at the Canberra Press Club.  Well done Izaac.