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Kirstenbosch Lions Club awards Louis Volks Award

Firefighter Willem Hendrik "Bees' Marais's wife, Jackie - Kirstenbosch Lions Club

Firefighter Willem Hendrik “Bees’ Marais’s wife, Jackie, accepts the Louis Volks Award from Kirstenbosch Lions Club president Sundru Pillay. Photo courtesy of the Cape Argus.

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The Kirstenbosch Lions Club awarded the Louis Volks Award to the late Willem Hen­drik “Bees” Marais. Marais and other fire­fight­ers who bat­tled the blaze that rav­aged the area four months ago were hon­oured by the Kirsten­bosch Lions Club on Satur­day (18 July 2015).

Marais was a free­lance he­li­copter pi­lot for Work­ing on Fire and died in March when he was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing while battling fires that de­stroyed over 5 000 hectares of land.

His wife Jackie accepted the Louis Volks Award given to acknowledge her husband’s work.

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Artist honoured for contribution to charity

Mr Riaan van Zyl of Kalk Bay with his Lions Clubs International District 410A Humanitarian Award. Photo by Clive Fox

Internationally acclaimed artist Mr Riaan van Zyl of Kalk Bay is the latest recipient of the prestigious Lions Louis Volks Humanitarian Award. It is given to those who give dedicated and distinguished service to the community.

Presented by Lions Clubs International District 410A it is a fitting tribute to his caring concern for others. The humanitarian award commemorates the vision and service of Past District Governor Louis Volks whose efforts led to the founding of Lionism in Southern Africa.

Mr van Zyl conceptualised and decorated the Lion of Lions which district 410A sponsored in the recent Pride of Cape Town marketing and fundraising project of the Born Free Foundation.

The Lion model was then converted into the Roaring Lion which was activated by a R5 coin donation. This greatly appealed to children and tourists alike whilst on public display.

The Roaring Lion of District 410A

The Roaring Lion of District 410A

The decoration and material was collected and sponsored by the artist with paint and sealers from Jack’s Paint & Hardware, Edgemead. Mr Clive Fox, Lions district 410A marketing officer explained that it took many hours to complete the entire surface of the nearly two metre long model.

Mr van Zyl is a staunch supporter of the Stop Hunger Now feeding project as well as other selected causes.

Compiled and released by Clive Fox Lions Marketing 072 159 0028.

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Pinelands 50 years of community service

Left to Right: Janine Filmer Secretary, Janine Filmer president both of Pinelands Lions Club, Lieutenant Ian Bennett, SAPS Manenberg , Brigadier Jan Solomons, SAPS Widows and Orphans Fund, Councillor Brian Watkyns and latest Lion member Samantha Anderson. Photo by Llen Labuscagne

Left to Right: Janine Filmer Secretary, Janine Filmer president both of Pinelands Lions Club, Lieutenant Ian Bennett, SAPS Manenberg , Brigadier Jan Solomons, SAPS Widows and Orphans Fund, Councillor Brian Watkyns and latest Lion member Samantha Anderson. Photo by Llen Labuscagne

Pinelands Lions Club recently celebrated its’ 50 Years of Community Service by further demonstrating support for an Important welfare project.

The function was attended by Maisie Fisher, district governor, and other senior Lions as well as club members from across the region.

The Police Widows and Orphans Fund received a donation of R5000 which was accepted by SAPS Brigadier Jan Solomons. He stressed his gratitude for Pinelands Lions consideration in helping the dependents of those officers who have died in the service of others.

The guest speaker Lieutenant Ian Bennett of SAPS Manenberg was recognised for his community services to children. He received the Louis Volks Humanitarian Award the highest South African Award which a Lions Club can present.

It recognises “dedicated and distinguished service to the benefit of the community which exemplifies the ideals of the International Association of Lions Clubs”

The club has served the Pinelands and surrounding areas with great pride and hopes to do so for many years to come.

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