The Warkworth Lions Starship Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Appeal has been recognised by District 202K clubs.
At its recent district convention, the Warkworth club received the Outstanding Community Project Award for spearheading the appeal.
Altogether, Warkworth swept up three awards. As well as Outstanding Community Project, it won Best Overall Lions Club out of 71 clubs, and the Community Awareness and Communication Award for its Covid-19 response.
Warkworth Lions hope to raise $406,700 for the paediatric unit. A total of 56 clubs have contributed and about 60 per cent of the total has been raised, although Covid has slowed fundraising across the country. Club member Peter Henderson says the response from the Mahurangi area has been phenomenal.
District 202K covers the Upper North Island, as well as Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and American Samoa.
Henderson will become the Vice District Governor in July and District Governor next year. Warkworth will also host the annual District Convention next year, bring upwards of 150 Lions and their partners to the area.
Meanwhile, Lions members are currently out selling their annual Easter raffle tickets, raising funds to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust.
With the support of the local businesses New World, Mobil, Bridgehouse Lodge, Chocolate Brown, Franklins Life Pharmacy and Repco, all funds raised go the helicopter trust.
The Warkworth Lions Trust account for the Starship appeal is 02 0480 0015374 97.