THE Lions Club of Gosnells has celebrated the Lions’ International centennial by helping school students strengthen friendships.
In partnership with Gosnells Community Men’s Shed, the Lions Club provided 10 ‘buddy benches’ to local public schools.
The benches offer a spot for children feeling lonely or left out to sit down, while other children are encouraged to sit and talk to them.
Lions Club of Gosnells president Brian Beech said members had initially planned to build benches in parks, but when they found out the City of Gosnells were building their own benches they switched to schools.
Mr Beech said it was good to see the project had been successful so far and was pleased other schools had since contacted the club to ask if they could build a bench for them.
“Kids need this sort of thing. They get the benefits when they’re down and low; someone can come put an arm around them and cheer them up,” Mr Beech said.
The Lions Club will run an annual award to be presented to the ‘Buddy of the Year’, selected by the teachers.