Don College presented with cheque from the Lions

National winner: Kentish Lions Club president Graham Verrall with Tom Rockliff, Jenny Tripptree and John Thompson went to a celebratory lunch at Don College on Wednesday. Picture: Lucy Slade.
National winner: Kentish Lions Club president Graham Verrall with Tom Rockliff, Jenny Tripptree and John Thompson went to a celebratory lunch at Don College on Wednesday. Picture: Lucy Slade.

Last month Sheffield’s Tom Rockliff won the national Lions Youth of the Year award and the celebrations continued on Wednesday.

Mr Rockliff was presented with a $1000 cheque from the Lions for Don College to use as part of his prize.

Don College principal John Thompson said he was not surprised that Mr Rockliff had won.

“Tom is a young guy from Sheffield and he has shown that he has the merit, ability and talent to win at the national level,” he said.

Tom is a young guy from Sheffield and he has shown that he has the merit, ability and talent to win at the national level.

John Thompson

He said Tom was willing to stand up for what he believes in and that he would seek Tom’s guidance on how to spend the money.

Mr Rockliff said he would like to see it go towards extracurricular things.

“I love the hands on activities we get to do outside of school like open days at the universities or open days at hospitals but it also comes down to what Mr Thompson wants,” Mr Rockliff said.

He said he was enjoying being back at school with his friends and life had gone back to normal.

Mr Rockliff’s grandparents Jil and Dennis Rockliff had been apart of the Lion’s Youth of the Year award for 40 years and were pleased to see their grandson take out the national title.

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