Lions inspired by love

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YOUNG ACHIEVER: Northern Victoria MP Wendy Lovell, Moira young citizen of the year Jake Willett and Ovens Valley MP Tim McCurdy attend the Moira Shire Council Australia Day awards presentation. Pictures: YARRAWONGA CHRONICLE

The Lions Club of Yarrawonga received the community organisation of the year categoryat the Moira Shire Australia Day award ceremony at Numurkah Town Hall on Thursday.

PRESENTATIONS: Moira mayor Gary Cleveland congratulates Yarrawonga Lions Club representatives Des and Sue Jones at the shire’s Australia Day awards ceremony.

This honour acknowledged the club’s Made with Love free chemo turbans project.

Lions member Debbie Van Corler started the initiative after a family member with cancer lost their hair and couldn’t find suitable affordablehead wear.

YARRAWONGA WINNERS: Jan Parker (special mention in citizen of the year), Jake Willett (young citizen) and Lions club president Des Jones (community organisation) celebrate their success at the Moira Shire Australia Day awards. Picture: YARRAWONGA CHRONICLE

Each Tuesday agroup of volunteersmeets to create the turbans, which are then donated to hospitals and medical centres in the region and across Australia.

“Every turban created helps another individual fighting cancer and makes the journey a little more dignified by wearing an original creation that has beenMade with Love,” the club’s nomination said.

Yarrawonga’s Jake Willett, 16, is the Moira young citizen of the year for his all-round achievements in schooling, community work, sport, the arts and leadership.

Jake has travelled to China and the Kokoda track on leadership adventures andworks as a student representative and volunteer forinitiatives such as National Homelessness Week and Don’t txt n drive.

He is a two-time premiership footballer, karate and basketball player and earneda 2015 ZAPA drama awardfor his debut performance in Fame the Musical.

Numurkah’sHeather Seiterreceived theMoiracitizen of the year honourwhile theNathalia Angling Clubcome and try fishing day wonthe community event of the year.

The Barmah environmental and conservation fingerling projectis the shire’s environmental project of the year.

Special award mentions went to Jan Parker, of Yarrawonga, and Numurkah’s Dorothy Heard in the citizen category, Cobram Historical Society and Cobram RSL sub branch (organisation) and Rotary Club of Numurkah (community event).

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