Club helps com­mu­nity

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

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

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