Monday, 23 May 2022

I warmly welcome you all to Government House this evening.

I’d like to extend a special welcome to those who have travelled from regional areas.

It is my great pleasure to be an honorary member of the City of Adelaide Lions Club and to welcome your community to Government House for the first time in my term.

As the oldest Lions Club in South Australia, you enjoy a strong standing locally and are known for the many acts of service you conduct in our community.

During the past 32 years, more than 700 Children of Courage awards have been presented to children living with disability.

Most of the presentations have been made here at Government House, by the Governor in office, and I am very pleased to be continuing that tradition here today.

During the past three decades, there have been major advances in medical technology and management techniques for children with disabilities, giving them greater opportunity to achieve their goals.

Equally important, however, is the attitude these children have towards life.

Our young nominees this evening have a very strong spirit, showing great bravery and positivity, and I thank them for the inspiration they offer to others.

As Governor, I have the opportunity to meet South Australians of all ages and backgrounds, and to hear their stories, including their challenges and how they have overcome them.

It is a privilege to host our award winners this evening and to meet their families and supporters.

I thank the organisations and schools who nominated their students and clients for a Children of Courage award for identifying these children as deserving candidates and developing thoughtful nominations for them.

I also thank the carers, medical and therapy staff and teachers who have joined us.

A wide support system is necessary for giving all children the best start in life, especially if they have special needs, and I commend you for your devotion and hard work.

Thank you to the Lions Club of Adelaide for running these awards, and for your many other current activities, such as making support items for people in hospital, literacy projects for vulnerable youth, and various fundraising activities for charity.

To all of our children here this evening, congratulations!

I am very proud of you.