Hester van Niekerk was recognised for her dedication to raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer research, as well as her commitment and leadership serving the community with the Lions of Club of Kingborough.
Eight years ago Hester joined the Lions Club of Kingborough where she has dedicated her life to serving the community, both locally and worldwide, with special emphasis on Childhood Cancer research. She is a champion for women leaders in the Lions by holding a variety of positions over the years, including being the first female president in Tasmania.
Working with the Blackmans Bay Children’s Services opened Hester’s eyes to the victims of childhood cancer and she has become committed to raising funds for research to speed up the race for a cure – she is a firm believer in the ‘when’ a cure is found.
From raffles to cake icings, a Mother’s Day and Easter event, Hester has rallied the community to give generously to this cause. Last year saw an incredible $8,000 raised, and she is determined to surpass that this year.
Hester is an instrumental member of the Club and is recognised across Kingborough from her commitment to assisting in a variety of events. From being a valued organiser on a variety of committees, to serving burgers and wrapping Christmas presents, Hester consistently gives to the Kingborough community. The bigger events include the ever popular A Day on the Beach and the Love Living Locally festival. The success of Love Living Locally has grown over the last seven years, which would not have been possible without the commitment and hard work of Hester and her colleagues.
Hester’s motto is “Community Cares for Community” and is an inspirational leader.