Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Emily Ace

THIS year’s Telethon Car­ni­val Day was a spe­cial mile­stone for the Aus­tralind Lions, hav­ing traded sausage siz­zles and soft drinks for do­na­tions for the 20th year in a row.

Sue Steven­son, who has been an Aus­tralind Lion since its in­cep­tion 21 years ago, re­mem­bers the first year they set up shop for Telethon.

“The man­ager at the (Bun­bury) Fo­rum orig­i­nally ap­proached our club and Jeff Blunt was the pres­i­dent then – the first bar­be­cue we ever had was Jeff’s lit­tle por­ta­ble home bar­be­cue and that is how it all started,” Ms Steven­son said.

“We have had two bar­be­cues man­u­fac­tured since then.

“Jeff, my hus­band Bob and I used to meet the night be­fore and cut up all the onions – it was a very teary job.”

Although un­sure how many sausages were sold on the day, the club’s ef­forts raised more than $1500 to­wards the $50,000 raised from the Car­ni­val Day event.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic event, we never have a prob­lem get­ting peo­ple to man the bar­be­cues on the day be­cause we en­joy it so much,” she said.

The club was im­pressed by Bun­bury’s gen­eros­ity on the day, es­pe­cially one man who do­nated $50 for a can of coke.

Ms Steven­son said she was proud of the club’s achieve­ment and was look­ing for­ward to cook­ing up a storm again next year.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing the club should visit li­on­sclubs.org.au.

Picture: Emily Ace

Aus­tralind Lions Club 21-year mem­ber Sue Stevens and eight-year mem­ber Lou Eakins cel­e­brate their 20-year part­ner­ship with the Telethon Car­ni­val Day.

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