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