At a National Investiture Service held recently, a special Grand Bailiwick Award for Courage was given to a youngster who selflessly risked his life to save people from drowning.

This is the first time that such recognition has been given by our Order in this country.

His Citation reads……. ‘On Sunday 23 August 2020 at Fish Hoek, two men swimming in the surf with an inflatable mattress were gradually blown out to sea by an offshore breeze. Neither of them could swim, and their mattress was holed and beginning to sink. Braedon Powell, who was 11 years old at the time of the incident and a member of the Nippers division of the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club, noticed what was happening and recognised the danger the men were in. He promptly grabbed a knee-board and paddled out to the men, who were by now 150-200 metres offshore. He calmed them, persuaded them to lie down quietly on the mattress, and used his knee-board as a float to steer them safely back to shore.

Braedon Powell is a credit to himself, his parents, his lifesaving club and his community. His actions displayed exemplary courage, determination and intelligence.

These are completely consistent with the aims of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem to guard, assist, succour and help the poor, the sick and dying.’

“No doubt there are many persons – especially in these troubled times – who put their lives on the line for others,” said Grand Bailiff, Dame Tamra Capstick-Dale, “but we were drawn to Braedon’s particularly courageous and selfless action at such a young age and thought this to be worthy of recognition.”

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