Lions celebrate good work

2019-07-09 06:00
Yassem Ishmail, Stanford Hill and Charles Flanagan.

Yassem Ishmail, Stanford Hill and Charles Flanagan.

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Tokai Lions Club celebrated the past year and also inducted their new president on Saturday 29 June.

Local residents and club members were awarded for the good work they do in their communities through various projects.

Former club president Jules Flanagan says the evening was a huge success and everyone was blown away as they looked back at the work they have done in the last year.

“It was amazing to watch a video that was put together summarising the work that we do. There is a lot of people that work with the club to do great things in the community. We are happy that through us looking at the work that we did in the past year we also got people that came forward and they want to be involved with the club and its projects,” she says.

Flanagan says the highlight of the evening was when the new president, Charles Flanagan, gave the Louis Volks Humanitarian Award, the highest honour Lions Clubs can give in South Africa, to Stanford Hill from Lavender Hill for the incredible work he is doing with the gangs in his area.

Some of the projects he has been involved in include a brick manufacturing project that was started at Zerilda Park Primary in the heart of Lavender Hill. The project worked with drug addicts, ex-drug addicts and gangsters. Another smaller project was establishing Gugulethu. He also did the Boys to Men project helping the youth turn their lives around for good. Many of them did Stanford proud.

All the work he has done through the projects enabled him to reach the downtrodden, forgotten, poor, marginalised, uneducated and unemployed people. They were clothed, fed, educated and empowered.

According to a biography sent out by the club, Hill was described as someone who works tirelessly to try and improve the community of Lavender Hill. “Stanford is a self-confessed ex-gang boss and ex-drug and alcohol abuser. At the age of 30, when he was in Pollsmoor Prison, he found faith and turned his life around,” it read.

The Craft Circle at Communicare Home Mez Wallach in Lakeside also received a certificate of appreciation. “The craft circle knits baby blankets, clothing and toys for our Naked Baby Project where we hand out baby packs to mothers in need. We provide the wool for them, and they knit and donate the items back. They really help us with the naked baby project,” Jules explained.

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