Lions service award for Kadie

Lions service award for Kadie

Ms Negele has been recognised for being a role model to women and for the remarkable humanitarian assistance, which she has provided to people who have survived torture and trauma in their native countries.

She said she has had her fair share of heartbreaking experiences but has managed to pick herself up and help others in need.

Ms Negele fled Sierra Leone 10 years ago after her husband was shot dead and their family house burnt down.

Arriving in Perth just over a decade ago with five children, Ms Negele enrolled in English classes and encouraged her children to do the same.

Since then, she has given her time to the United Nations Chapter in Perth to assist with incoming refugees and is an established leader of the Sierra Leonean community, providing counselling to refugees.

She has been described by her fellow Lions Club members as a worthy recipient and an inspiration to women around the world.