Young Lions Ambassador
Castle School student Lizzie O’Brien divides her time between playing in the school’s Panache Steel Band, where she helps coach younger students, befriending residents at Alexandra Care Home and playing host to Sunday afternoon tea parties for Contact the Elderly.
She is also a member of the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group Juniors and has been a regular performer in the Group’s pantomimes. Despite her active local voluntary involvement, she also achieved six A* GCSE passes in 2016.
We knew of her local volunteering work because she is registered with us. We put her forward to the Thornbury Lions Club as their entrant for the Lions International Young Ambassador 2017 competition. This competition runs throughout Europe, with the aim of recognising, encouraging and supporting young people who are actively involved in the welfare of the community and who support the ideals of the Lions. The entry criteria and judging is of a high professional standard.
Lizzie won the district final in early January 2017 and came a very good second in the National final in Dudley the following month. This was an amazing achievement that recognised her qualities and the difference she is making to her local community.
Her prize from the local Lions was a cup and a £500 bursary, which she has donated to two local charities.
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