Lions club member rewarded
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.