Funds from Lions
Waitangirua Lions have done their bit to help out the Salvation Army’s Porirua food bank, donating $500 last week.
Keith Nicoll from the Lions said they were spurred on after reading the Kapi-Mana News front page story on November 16, which outlined how food banks in the city were struggling. Coming up to Christmas, usually a tough time for low-income families, many of the shelves were bare.
‘‘They’re a local organisation that are helping local people, so we just wanted to do what we could. By giving them money [as opposed to collecting food] they can go out and buy the food they think the food bank badly needs.’’
Elizabeth Iona from the Salvation Army said the community response had been great, and donations such as this from the Lions were gratefully received.
Waitangirua Lions’ primary income-earner is the miniature train that loops around Aotea Lagoon every Sunday afternoon. Along with the food bank, they have recently helped the Aotea College barbershop quartet go to the United States, and donated funds to the Maara Roa bush restoration project and Porirua Arts Council.
The miniature train runs from 1pm till 4pm on Sundays, weather permitting. It costs $2 per ride and is free for under 2s.
Badly needed: Elizabeth Iona from the Salvation Army receives a cheque from Keith Nicoll, with Lions’ members Gloria Watene and Ricky Twose also in attendance.