Children’s charity founder awarded

2016-06-02 06:00
Congratulating Monica Woodhouse on her award (from left) Lion Denis Meyer, Lion Sam Podmore, Basil and Monica Woodhouse.  Photo: supplied

Congratulating Monica Woodhouse on her award (from left) Lion Denis Meyer, Lion Sam Podmore, Basil and Monica Woodhouse. Photo: supplied

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THE founder of a children’s charity in Margate has been selected as the 2016 Lion’s Multiple District 410 Citizen of the Year Award for her humanitarian work with vulnerable children and families.

Monica Woodhouse received the Lion’s Citizen of the Year Award at the Lion’s 2016 District 410 C mid-year conference in Ballito in May.

“On behalf of Lion’s Club International Foundation (LCIF), we present this award and congratulate Monica Woodhouse on becoming a Melvin Jones Fellow. The Melvin Jones Fellowship is named after the founder of Lions Clubs International, and it is largely due to the growth of the fellowship program that LCIF has been able to meet humanitarian need in the community around the world,” said Joe Preston, chairperson, board of trustees - LCIF.

Woodhouse started her humanitarian work in Port Shepstone in the nineties by helping women and children who had been abused due to domestic violence and over the past 25 years, has helped over 80 000 children who have been abandoned, neglected­, abused - physically, emotionally and sexually through holistic programmes such as healthcare, education, early childhood development, therapy, counselling and nutrition, as well as providing immediate childcare and safety for children at risk at the Give a Child a Family (GCF) temporary place of safety in Margate, while they await placement into a safe and secure biological or foster family.

Donations to help GCF continue their work with the vulnerable can be made on the website www.gcf.orgz. za or contact Woodhouse on 039 317 2761. - Supplied.

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