Vol­un­teers needed to keep Lions roar­ing for com­mu­nity

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - BY DAVID LOOBY

NEW Pres­i­dent of New Ross Lions Club Myles Court­ney per­formed his first of­fi­cial func­tion at an event held in The New Houghton Hos­pi­tal re­cently.

On be­half of the club do­na­tions were made to the Har­vey and Archie Fund and the Rory Whe­lan Fund. In ad­di­tion four DVD play­ers were pre­sented to the New Houghton Hos­pi­tal to as­sist with their Rem­i­nis­cence Ther­apy Pro­gramme for res­i­dents with de­men­tia.

Speak­ing at the event Myles said that New Ross Lions Club is proud to live up to its “We Serve” motto and con­tin­ues to fo­cus its ac­tiv­i­ties on the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The projects were fi­nanced from funds raised re­cently through the race night held in Cor­co­rans and the church gate col­lec­tion. He said New Ross Lions Club is a vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion which needs new mem­bers. ‘At the mo­ment we need new mem­bers in or­der to build on the great work done by the club in the lo­cal­ity since it was formed in 1986. Many clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als have ben­e­fit­ted from the gen­eros­ity of New Ross Lions Club in that time and many peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced the sat­is­fac­tion of serv­ing their com­mu­nity as mem­bers of our club also.’

All funds raised by the club are used for com­mu­nity and char­i­ta­ble causes, while the ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­penses of the club are funded by mem­bers’ sub­scrip­tions.

‘We are a non-po­lit­i­cal, non-sec­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion and our mission state­ment is “To em­power vol­un­teers to serve their com­mu­ni­ties, meet hu­man­i­tar­ian needs, en­cour­age peace and pro­mote in­ter­na­tional un­der­stand­ing through Lions clubs”. We need and wel­come new mem­bers and I would ask any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing to check out New Ross Lions Club Face­book page and the Lions Club Ire­land web­site http://www. li­ons­dis­tric­t105i.com/’

The club meets in the Bran­don House Ho­tel on first Wed­nes­day of every month at 8 p.m. and can be con­tacted at li­on­sclub­newross@gmail.com

There are 114 Lions Clubs through­out Ire­land. Their mem­ber­ship is com­prised of 2,500 men and women who en­joy serv­ing their com­mu­ni­ties and hav­ing fun at the same time.

Clubs around the is­land of Ire­land or­gan­ise events through­out the year to pro­vide funds to sup­port lo­cal peo­ple and na­tional and in­ter­na­tional projects.

Re­cent projects car­ried out in New Ross in­clude: Mes­sage in a Bot­tle which pro­vides vi­tal med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on el­derly or per­sons liv­ing alone to emer­gency re­spon­ders and a used spec­ta­cles col­lec­tion: Old spec­ta­cles col­lected through lo­cal phar­ma­cies and op­ti­cians, lenses sorted in UK and sent to clin­ics in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries for sight sav­ing projects.

An­other ma­jor fundraiser was The Kube in 2015 when New Ross Swim­ming Club ap­proached the club for help as they had been made ‘ home­less’ due to the storm dam­age to The Apex com­plex and as a con­se­quence they were un­der se­vere fi­nan­cial pres­sure.

Myles said: ‘Our sub­se­quent fundraiser raised €12,000 for the club and €2,000 for New Ross Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal.’

The club also en­gaged in a free di­a­betes screen­ing for nearly 5000 peo­ple at the Na­tional Plough­ing Cham­pi­onships in Bal­lina­boola, hos­pi­tal birth­day vis­its, with a small gift, a card and a chat for res­i­dents on their birth­day; tourism projects.

‘Our great­est suc­cess to date was the project which re­sulted in the set­ting up of the JFK Trust (the orig­i­nal Board of Di­rec­tors were all Lions Club mem­bers) which ul­ti­mately led to the con­struc­tion of the Dun­brody ship etc. We were ac­tively in­volved with and funded New Ross Street Fo­cus his­tor­i­cal plaques project.’

The club also funded a respite break of a week­end away for lo­cal car­ers through its Fam­ily Carer of the Year Award and a sui­cide aware­ness train­ing pro­gramme.

‘In re­cent years we or­gan­ised and funded two SafeTalk train­ing days aimed at lo­cal clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses etc. Over 50 rep­re­sen­ta­tives at­tended. We spon­sored a re­cent lec­ture in St Michael’s Theatre by a renowned ex­pert on cy­ber­bul­ly­ing and dis­trib­uted in­for­ma­tion to lo­cal schools. We also launched a Christ­mas Food Ap­peal with food and funds col­lected all dis­trib­uted lo­cally.’

An­other ini­ti­aitive was mock in­ter­views at lo­cal schools.

‘ This year mem­bers of our club in­ter­viewed 320 TY stu­dents in the six 2nd level schools in the district and gave them pos­i­tive feed­back to pre­pare them for life in the work­place. We or­gan­ise so­cial out­ings and fundrais­ing events like Wine Women & Temp­ta­tion nights.’

Lions pres­i­dent Myles Court­ney presents Natalie Power with a do­na­tion for the Har­vey and Archie bus fund and (front) Shiela Lis­ton, Tommy Ke­hoe and Rita Power the New Haughton Hos­pi­tal with DVDs.

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