12 December 2023

Endeavour Lions Club delivers annual Bert Mason Award bursaries

| Matt Nicholls
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Former Endeavour Lions Club president Jim Fay with Kyana McCoombes.

Two Cooktown students have been given a helping hand towards their education.

Each year, the Endeavour Lions Club hands out the Bert Mason Award from funds raised by members throughout the year.

At a total of $4000, the bursary helps the recipients with the costs towards their university fees, textbooks and other out of pocket expenses once they commence study.

This year the Bert Mason was awarded to Kyana McCoombes from Cooktown P-12 State School and to Claire McNab at Endeavour Christian College.

Kyana received her award from outgoing president Jim Faye, who was nominated as the club’s vice president at the recent AGM.

Kyana is one step closer to realising her ambitions to become a paramedic. She was also awarded the Endeavour Lions Financial Assistance (ELFA) award in 2021.

Justin Coventry’s first official public event as incoming president was presenting Claire with her award. She is also pursuing a career as a health professional and has applied for a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery at James Cook University.

Claire McNab with new Endeavour Lions Club president Justin Coventry.

“Next year we are focusing on increased membership and business partnerships and donations,” Mr Coventry said.

“Even when businesses are too busy to help they may be able to provide funds to help but we really need people to join.

“Now is the time to join Lions!”

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