The LEO Club
The LEO Club (Leadership - Experience - Opportunity) is a Young Lions Club set up to provide service. Our Club is supported by the Makarewa Lions Club. It has approximately 200 members and has been active at James Hargest for more than 20 years.
It is an option for year 11,12 and 13 students to provide service and put others before themselves. The President, Secretary and Treasurer are the figure heads. If operates in Committees e.g. Charities, Social, Events, Fundraising and Promotions. Each Committee has two student leaders.
Throughout the year LEOs:
- Help at our Student Support Centre
- Work at the Plunket Teddy Bears Picnic
- Sell ANZAC poppies
- Organise a team for the Relay for Life (every second year)
- Support the NZ Blood Collection
- Help at collections and appeals for e.g. Arthritis, Alzheimer, Child Cancer, Epilepsy, Diabetes and Ronald McDonald
Other activities they do are:
- Sell and prepares Valentine’s Day balloons
- BBQ at our school Athletics Day and other events.
- Collect glasses/hearing aids for the Pacific Islands
- Collect old and foreign currency through the LIONS CLUB - funds for Youth Development
- Hire a helper event at school to raise money for a selected charity
- Plan and run a large event e.g. The Ball Extravaganza
Other opportunities for LEOs:
- LIONS Speechmaker competition
- Borland Lodge Leadership Course April school holidays
- Makarewa Tertiary Scholarship
- Attending LIONS meetings
JHC Leo Club
Once again the James Hargest Leo Club has had a great year. We started strong with 100 new members joining us bringing our club to about 200 members over all. The JHC Leo Club is one of the biggest clubs in New Zealand and we are very proud to have been active for more than 20 years.
Our first major fundraiser was the Tough Kids BBQ 2019 where we sold 600 sausages, raising $900 for the Relay for Life. We also ran the popular Valentines Day balloon fundraiser and set up another BBQ at athletics day to raise more funds for the Relay for Life. Unfortunately, like so many events this year, the Relay for Life did not go ahead due to Covid-19. However, this did not stop us from continuing raising money from barbeques for the Cancer Society, raising $1000 in total, which is a great effort.
We also participated in the Buy-a-Brick fundraiser for the Southland Charity Hospital, raising $300 to buy three bricks. This money was raised from multiple barbeques run by various members of the club as we took turns running it each week. We are very proud to have contributed to such an important charity that will make a difference to our community.
A food drive was also held right after lockdown to help out those in our community who need it in these strange and unprecedented times. This was very successful, thanks to our amazing LEO members and the Salvation Army were very happy to receive such a large donation of food.
Our biggest event this year was the Hire-a-Helper. We moved locations into the gym and it was a huge success with participation from teachers, house captains, head students and of course, Mr Newell. We raised $1700 for the Borland Lodge. Borland Lodge is a non-profit organization where all our year 10 camps are held so it was great that the whole school got behind the event and contributed. Helpers cooked meals, baked cakes, entertained at lunchtimes and even washed cars.
On Daffodil Day, the LEO Club managed to raise about $170 for the Cancer Society from selling daffodils. This is the seventh year we have participated in this fundraiser which really shows our commitment and dedication to contributing to our community.
The LEO Club leaders would like to thank all of the club members who participated in the many events that were put on this year. Despite the many challenges and disappointments that came with this year, the LEO Club got stuck in and helped out the community in every way possible which is great to see. The participation and commitment from the whole club is what made this year so successful. We would also like to thank Mrs Elder and Ms Jenkinson who helped us along the way. They were so encouraging and helpful and we could not have done it without them.
To the remaining and future LEO members, we can’t wait to hear all about your successes and endeavours in the years to come.