This is an annual award from Braunton Caen Rotary in memory of Rotarian Peter Kingdon who died in 2020. It is to recognise the contribution by young people in improving the lives of those living in the area. The award could be to recognise young people’s achievements not only within a variety of community settings that take place outside their school time such as volunteering, youth work, active citizenship, sports, drama, music, etc but also significant achievements that take place within their school time, as part of their school curriculum. This includes young people who at present contribute to their own club, school or activity which in itself lends value to the community as a whole.
In exceptional circumstances the award may be given to a group of young persons who by virtue of a project which they have planned and executed themselves, have made a substantial contribution to local people and the local community.
The award will normally be made each year in May. The winner will be presented with a cheque for £250 and an engraved shield which they will retain for 1 year. However, if no suitable, high calibre application is received, the award will not be made.
If more than 5 nominations are received in a year, all entries will be considered by the Council of the Braunton Caen Rotary Club to shortlist 5 finalists. The judging panel for the finalists will consist of the President of the Braunton Caen Rotary Club (or a representative Club Member), the Club’s Youth lead (or nominated deputy) and a representative of the Kingdon family. The persons nominating the finalists will be contacted by a member of the judging panel to explore the nominee’s contribution and verify that this is a personal achievement by the nominee.
Completed nomination form should be sent: by the 31st March
by email to email@example.com
or by post to
Braunton Caen Rotary
c/o L Clarke and sons
1 Caen Field Shopping Centre
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Max started camping out in his garden in March 2020, aged 10, hoping to raise a little money for the North Devon Hospice in memory of his neighbour, Rick Abbot. Before he died, Rick gave Max his tent, saying “Go and have an adventure”. Over a year later, Max is still sleeping in his tent every night. On the anniversary of his first camping out night, Max encouraged others to join him for one night in sleeping outside, (or even in their sitting rooms at home). Thousands from across the world took part that night to raise money for their own local good causes. The “little money” that Max himself has raised for the Hospice at 2021 was £530,000!
In recognition of his amazing achievement, Max was nominated by three different local people for this award, the first time it has been presented since its inauguration in 2020 following the sudden, unexpected death of the much loved and respected Braunton Caen Rotarian Peter Kingdon around Easter 2020. Max received nominations from his school headteacher (and rugby coach), from the Scout leader of the 1st Chivenor Scout Group where he was a Cub Scout and now is a Scout and thirdly a nomination from the lead community fundraiser of the North Devon Hospice.
In his typical down to earth style, Max recently said “I’d like to raise awareness that many children across the globe have found lockdown and Covid tough to cope with. At the beginning of my camp out I was focussed on my friend Rick, but as I reached one year in the tent, and it’s coincided with Covid, I really understand what it’s like to be isolated from your friends. We all understand why it’s been necessary, but some young people have found it really tough going.” The Braunton Caen Rotary Club and the family of the late Peter Kingdon are delighted that the award is going to such an inspirational young person. Max has told them that the prize money will go towards financing another adventure in the next few years.
Thursday 22nd June 2023 President Geoff Triggs and Rotarian Paul Cockcroft were delighted to take part in the morning assembly at Southmead School, Braunton. After being introduced to the teachers and pupils, President Geoff explained how the award was created in memory of Peter Kingdon, a long-serving Rotarian in Braunton who died suddenly a few years ago, but who had been heavily involved with the rebuilding of a school in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, and later with the development of a school helping students from rural areas
develop craft and business skins in Tanzania. The headmaster then announced that there was a star at assembly that morning, and then asked Max Kliem to come to the front. Geoff then presented Max with the award shield, engraved with his name, in recognition of the courage and determination with which he has developed his life skills despite his medical problems, which include surfing, rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing! He was also presented with a cheque as part of the award. Max’s parents were also present to witness the presentation. This was the second year the award has been given, strangely both recipients have been called Max. That is not a requirement though, and we welcome nominations each year from local people who identify young people who have made significant contributions within the local community