In recognition of his ongoing humanitarian service and dedication to the welfare of the community, the Lions Club of Port Shepstone nominated Pastor Trevor Downham for the 2014 Lions District 410-C Citizen of the Year Award.
This nomination was one of many submitted by a number of Lions Clubs in the provinces of Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State.
Downham’s nomination was unanimously approved by the selection panel and the Pastor and his wife Helene were invited to attend the District Convention Banquet, which was held at the Fern Hill Hotel in Howick last Saturday.
Past District Governor Denis Meyer of the Port Shepstone Lions Club introduced Downham and invited him to address all delegates. Downham delivered another one of his inspiring and motivational talks.
He encouraged all Lions and Lionesses to focus more on being significant rather than just being successful. He paid tribute to the Lions Clubs International organisation for their ongoing service to communities around the world and encouraged each club present to form partnerships with other service-minded organisations within their respective areas.
Downham was then presented with a Louis Halse Fellowship Award – the highest award in the District – by Lions Council (National) Chairman Mike Newlands, a member of the Port Alfred Lions Club and representative of the Lions Clubs International President.
A number of Lions Clubs from the South Coast, namely Scottburgh, Hibberdene, Port Shepstone, Shelly Beach, Ramsgate and Kokstad were represented at the Convention and all were extremely proud of the fact that one of their own received this very prestigious award.