LIONS TO THE RESCUE
MANY hands were put to service last Sunday when Lions club members from St George and Brisbane Pinelands and Moorooka came together for the annual World Service Day lunch at the St George Cultural Centre.
The event coincided with Pinelands Lions Club’s third annual drought-relief support campaign in the Balonne Shire.
This year, 75 hampers with about $20,000 in vouchers from local businesses will be distributed with the assistance of Care Balonne.
Pinelands Lions’ Farmers Drought Assistance project coordinator Hugh Cullen said the club took on the project three years ago after it was instigated by Brisbane veteran Graham Brewer two years earlier.
The Pinelands club has also overseen the funding of mental health worker Alex Donoghue since February last year.
“Alex does an excellent job and the service has been well-received. It is totally funded and based on self-referral,” Mr Cullen said.
The service is funded by Lions International, other Lions clubs and individuals.
Ms Donoghue said the secondary impacts of drought on families, relationships and business could have a lasting influence on people’s lives.
While the family doctor was a critical part of a person’s journeys, for some it could be a bridge too far.
“The ability for people to pick up the phone without any hurdles and speak with someone to help them on their journey has made a huge difference,” she said.
“The biggest message is that the service is funded by Lions and that people in the city actually care and have their backs. People feel valued. Thank you for all the lives you have touched.”
On Saturday the Pinelands and Moorooka Lions visited Dirranbandi and Hebel communities, sharing in morning tea with the Dirranbandi QCWA and lunch at the Hebel Store.
More photos from the lunch on page 12.
KEY SPEAKER: Counsellor Alex Donoghue talks about the service funded by Lions International.