Proud moment receiving award from the Minister of Health –

The voluntary work of a Gore student has been recognised at Parliament.
St Peter’s College student Lorenzo Chambers received a framed certificate at the Minister of Health’s Volunteer Awards in Wellington on Tuesday.
The Minister of Health Andrew Little presented the certificate to Chambers in recognition of the care and support he gave young adults and children with disabilities in Arrowtown.
“It was exciting … I was proud [to get the award],” Chambers,16, said.
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He is a boarder at St Peter’s, but returns to the family home at Arrowtown at weekends and school holidays. When there he spends time helping young adults and children with disabilities at Living Options and Hugo Charitable Trust.
Both organisations provide a range of services, with the care and support of people with disabilities being a main one.
Chambers, who has volunteered at both organisations for three years, helps the young adults and children with paint and paper artwork, ball games outside and other activities.
He was nominated for the Volunteer Awards by Living Options chief executive Alison Wildey and her daughter Olivia Wildey who is operations manager.
Accompanying Chambers to Wellington were his grandparents Mark and Maryanne Owens, of Arrowtown, Olivia Wildey and Hugo Charitable Trust chief executive Aoibheann​ Monaghan.
News of Chambers winning the award surprised him and his grandparents.
“We’re really proud of him,” Mark Owens said.
“He’s a nice role model/helper.”
Owens thought about 200 people in total were in attendance for the awards’ presentation at Parliament’s Grand Hall.
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