Queenstown Lions Club stalwart Simon Hayes has been awarded the service club’s highest honour.
At the club’s annual changeover night last Saturday, district governor Dave Saunders presented him with a Melvin Jones Fellowship for outstanding service to the club and the Queenstown community – the first awarded to a local member.
Hayes, who joined the club in 1992, has been involved in many projects over the years.
Most notable is his brainwave, Heads Up for Kids, which encourages people to donate disused Kiwi currency and foreign money.
Launched in 2010, the programme has so far raised about $750,000 to fund educational programmes for young New Zealanders.
Hayes is national chairman of the Abbeyfield elderly housing programme and also a trustee of the Queenstown $10 Challenge which has raised funds for Cure Kids and local causes.
Along with other community involvement, he’s also a past deputy mayor.