Leo Club of Canley Vale High School
Canley Vale Leo Club is a youth organisation within the Cabramatta Lions Club. It is a group of young leaders committed to building a bright future for our communities and it is based at Canley Vale High School. Our school motto is 'We Care' and our Leo motto is 'We Serve'.
CVHS Leos Club is best known for organising Karaoke Singing Competition fundraisers. They were awarded Community Service awards from the Federal Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes MP to acknowledge their extensive involvement in a large number of major fundraising projects throughout south-west Sydney. South West Connect, the Australian Foundation for Disability and Westmead Hospital has also formally and publicly recognised their commitment in helping others.
In 2012, the then District Governor Geoff Hobart awarded the prestigious Leo Club of the Year award to Canley Vale High School for being the best club, demonstrating excellence in all avenues of community work. The then President Harry Wong graciously accepted the award on behalf of all our student volunteers.
Canley Vale Leo Club Executive 2015-16
- President: Anna T
- Vice-President: Julia B
- Treasurer: Elizabeth H
- Secretary: Annie T
- Assistant Treasurer: Charita P
- Assistant Secretary: Wendy L
- Membership Chairperson: Angela S
- Fundraising Chairperson: Jenny P
- Directors: Anston T, Jenny N, Alan N, Nicole H
- Leo Club Advisors: Jenny Tew JP, Adrian Wong JP
- CVHS Advisor: Mrs D. Lee, Head Teacher Social Science
Media Release - Singing For Charity
Cabramatta Lions Club and the Canley Vale High School Leo Club successfully organised the Karaoke Singing Competition to fundraise for Fairfield Meals on Wheels. The event was held at the Cabra-Vale Diggers Club.
Renowned for its humanitarian efforts, the Lions Club raised $2,000 for Fairfield Meals on Wheels, a not-for-profit community organisation, which provides food delivery to those who are unable to cater for themselves, especially our elderly residents and people with disabilities.
Boasting more than 30 competitors, the singing contest proved to be tough in determining the top three finalists, who entertained the audience with an array of songs, dating from the current and by-gone era.
Local resident, Angelina Curcic, 16, claimed the top spot for her rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls' classic 1999 hit, Iris. Paul Blyton from Penrith and Patricia Heng from Canley Vale emerged second and third place winners, respectively.
Lions Club president and Leo Club advisor, Jenny Tew, stressed the importance of young people getting together to make a difference in disadvantaged peoples' lives.
"It is our goal to nurture the youth, so they can help people who are in desperate need. Our Leo Club [Young Lions] members are taught to be caring and understanding of today's problems, especially with people who are unable to care for themselves. We will be organising more fundraisers in the future, as it is important that our young people emerge as future leaders," explained Mrs Tew.
Federal Member for Fowler, Chris Hayes MP, one of the guest judges, commended the Canley Vale High School students on their hard work, commitment and dedication in south-west Sydney.
"The Meals on Wheels is a noble charity and to see young people getting involved and fundraising is very encouraging," said Mr Hayes.
Rising singers, Antony Truong, 20, and Leanne Tran, 18, both of whom are students at the Australian Institute of Music served as judges. They finished the show off in style by singing, So Sad and The Only Exception. Businesswoman Alice Lu from the Cabramatta International Centre was also on the judging panel.
The sponsors included, the Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, Kimarie Cosmetics & Lingerie Boutique, Focus College, Lu Group, Glamour World Beauty, Emperor's Garden Restaurant and Rejuvenate Now beauty clinic.