Lions club mem­ber rewarded

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The hard work of Block­house Bay-Lyn­field Lions Club mem­ber Alan Gray is be­ing hon­oured with a Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship Award.

Mr Gray is a char­ter mem­ber of the Block­house BayLyn­field club which started in 1977 and has spent the past 36 years work­ing with fel­low Lions in the com­mu­nity help­ing those in need.

He has held all of­fices in the club in­clud­ing pres­i­dent and sec­re­tary sev­eral times, and his work with the dis­trict and club web­site has re­sulted in sev­eral ap­pre­ci­a­tion awards.

His work has also been recog­nised at dis­trict level where for 16 years he served on cabi­net as zone chair­man, dis­trict bul­letin edi­tor, lead­er­ship and then dis­trict health chair­man, lead­ing the cam­paign against di­a­betes.

His role with the di­a­betes pro­ject led to his club’s com­mit­ment to di­a­betes aware- ness. Block­house BayLyn­field Lions al­lied with West Auck­land clubs and the McCosh Fam­ily Trust to raise aware­ness, screen and re­fer those who re­quire in­ter­ven­tion to med­i­cal prac­ti­tion­ers for fol­low-up.

Mr Gray also helped or­gan­ise the club’s mo­bil­ity clin­ics for chil­dren with cere­bral palsy.

He was in­stru­men­tal in Block­house Bay pro­vid­ing a venue for fit­ting and ad­just- ing the Hart Walker ma­chines that en­able the chil­dren to walk.

See­ing their smiles as they make their first steps is re­ward enough, he says.


Alan’s work: From left: Bar­bara Gray, Block­house Bay-Lyn­field Lions Club pres­i­dent Janelle Collins, Alan Gray and priv­i­leged Lion Kevin Cooney. Alan Gray is be­ing pre­sented with the Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship Award.

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