Rotary demonstrates confidence in local youth - The Community Leader and Real Estate New and Views

Pictured L-R: Samuel Cranny (Iona College), Les Louis (President Rotary Club of Wynnum and Manly), Eloise McKeon (Moreton Bay College), Kynan Lumsdale (Wynnum State High) and Rod Fletcher (Past President of Rotary Club of Wynnum and Manly). Photo: Supplied.


On Wednesday, February 7, the Rotary Club of Wynnum and Manly celebrated the exceptional achievements of three young individuals from the local community through its annual Citizenship Awards.

For many years, these awards have served as a beacon, illuminating the contributions of outstanding young individuals to their community. This year, Eloise McKeon from Moreton Bay College, Samuel Cranny from Iona College, and Kynan Lumsdale from Wynnum State High School were bestowed with this honour. Each of them has exhibited exceptional leadership within their respective schools and the broader community, demonstrating unwavering dedication to the betterment of their peers and society at large.

Rotary Club President Les Louis aptly captured the sentiment by stating, “Our future is promising with young people of this calibre emerging — we are indeed in capable hands”.

Eloise’s diverse engagement across various activities mirrors her drive to connect, learn continuously, and pursue excellence, setting a stellar example for her peers. Her leadership has ensured the seamless execution of numerous initiatives, including her volunteer work with the Rosies Youth Outreach Program. Eloise has effectively rallied her peers to raise funds and resources for local charities, showcasing her leadership skills and ability to garner support from her community. Moreover, her outstanding performance in representative hockey, robotics, and future problem solving underscores her commitment to excellence.

As College Captain, Sam has served the community through his involvement in various charitable endeavours, official engagements, and community events. Leading by example, he has fostered a sense of camaraderie and unity within his school community, embodying the values Iona College aims to instil in its students. Sam’s integrity, reliability, and kindness make him a role model for his peers, excelling not only in athletics and academics but also as a Minister of Communion — a testament to his inspirational character.

Over his five-year tenure as House Leader at Wynnum State High, Kynan has spearheaded fundraising and cultural events while promoting participation in sporting carnivals. Additionally, his leadership of the PRIDE Alliance underscores his commitment to fostering inclusivity and diversity within the school community. Kynan’s consistent representation of Wynnum at the Manly Lota RSL community ANZAC Day march since year 7 reflects his deep-seated pride in his school and its values, making him a proud ambassador for Wynnum State High.

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