LI­ONS TO THE RES­CUE

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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.

PHOTO:CON­TRIB­UTED

KEY SPEAKER: Coun­sel­lor Alex Donoghue talks about the ser­vice funded by Li­ons In­ter­na­tional.

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