Melvin Jones Fellowship award given to Bantry company

Posted on: 6th May, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Mrs. Brigitte Wagner Halswick of Rowa, Bantry was a worthy recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship award, which was presented to her on April 12 by Lions President Ramor Craigie.

Formed in 1975 by the founder of Lions International, The Melvin Jones Fellowship is the highest award a club can give and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with Lionism. Ramor acknowledged Mrs. Brigitte Wagner Halswick and all the staff at Rowa for their humanitarian input and their continuing support and assistance for the benefit of both our local community and internationally. They are well known for being at the forefront of providing extensive support towards numerous community organisations, especially the successful Bantry Hospice Project, sponsorship of sports from football to windsurfing and the annual Matt Kingston Memorial Scholarship academic fund for students.

With Rowa’s generous sponsorship, Bantry Bay Lions successfully set up the Message in a Bottle project for the community. This concept is designed to save the emergency services vital time as it directs them to recorded essential medical data pertinent to the injured or sick person that is kept in a specially designed bottle and stored in the kitchen household fridge. It is a potential lifesaver and provides peace of mind for its users.

More recently, Ramor thanked Mrs Brigitte Wagner Halswick for her unstinting humanitarian assistance for the Philippine Disaster Fund and her very substantial donation of essential medicines, which the Lions shipped to the Philippines to combat disease among their community and help save lives. Special thanks to Mr. Joe Keane, Head of operations and all of his teams for putting everything in motion and supporting the Lions in every way.

To learn more about the Bantry Bay Lions go to or attend the monthly meeting at the old Gaelscoil at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month.


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