Club helps community
As the incoming district governor for Lions Clubs International here in the southern regions of Western Australia, I would like to tell you what Lions clubs do in your communities.
In Manjimup every October, we organise and run a shearing weekend when we shear and drench all the pet sheep and small flocks in the area.
In the past three years, we have donated $6000 to the Smith Brook Bush Fire Brigade to help fund their new shed, we have given a little over $3000 to the library for the running of the Super Readers Program for Year 1 students, we donate $500 to the Rose Centre every six months to assist them in their service to the community, we have sponsored the Peace Poster and Essay competition for Year 6 and Year 7 students and contributed to the cost of several students who have completed the Leeuwin Adventure sailing program.
We run and fund — with help from sponsorships — Jazz in the Jarrah each January. This year’s event contributed $1500 to the bushfire appeal, $1200 to Lions’ local charities and hundreds of dollars for RFDS. We fund all this by sitting on the corner and sell wood raffle tickets and sell Christmas cakes and Lion mints in selected outlets around town. When you buy a raffle ticket, cake or roll of mints, 70 per cent goes to those community programs, 20 per cent to the Lions’ various foundations and 10 per cent of to the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the Australian Lions Foundation.
LCIF contributes $3 million every year to vaccinate 3 million children against measles and provides funds in disasters worldwide.
The Australian Lions Foundation has already contributed more than $3 million to the clubs working with people who have had their homes destroyed by fire or flood.
We are in this for the long haul of recovery, initially funding the cost of supplying fully plumbed water tanks to the farmers whose tanks have been destroyed to enable them to at least move back onto their own land in temporary accommodation until they are able to begin rebuilding.
Please come and join us to continue assisting our communities. Dot Jacobs, Lions southern region district governor