Lions work for com­mu­nity

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

For nearly 40 years, the Ti­rau Lions Club has been sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives that di­rectly ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

Wel­com­ing both men and women mem­bers, Ti­rau Lions has a din­ner meet­ing ev­ery month to en­cour­age fel­low­ship, share ideas and hear from in­vited speak­ers.

A sec­ond meet­ing ev­ery month is de­voted to busi­ness, where is­sues im­pact­ing on the com­mu­nity, forth­com­ing events and new ini­tia­tives are ex­plored in more depth.

Like all Lions clubs, which have as their ba­sis ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, Ti­rau Lions run an ef­fec­tive and di­verse fundrais­ing arm through one off and reg­u­lar events which in­clude a paddy’s mar­ket, char­ity golf tour­na­ment, mys­tery car run and the col­lec­tion and sale of scrap metal and bagged sheep ma­nure.

Those events have seen Ti­rau Lions raise close to $150,000 over 38 years and the long list of ben­e­fi­cia­ries have in­cluded the lo­cal schools in Ti­rau, Pu­taruru and Mata­mata, the Or­der of St John, the Ti­rau Co­op­er­a­tive Church, Mata­mata Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and the Foun­da­tion for the Blind.

Money, tal­ent and time from the Ti­rau Lions also saw the con­struc­tion of the Ti­rau Com­mu­nity Pool, plant­ing and seat­ing at the Ti­rau Ceme­tery and more re­cently a walk­way for Ti­rau School – McLen­nan’s Bush.

Youth projects have had par­tic­u­lar sup­port with the Youth Ex­change Pro­gramme through a six week cul­tural ex­change in the coun­try of the re­cip­i­ent’s choice, youth speech­mak­ers and a con­test for peace posters.

Ti­rau Lions also con­trib­ute na­tion­ally and are cur­rently rais­ing money to­ward a $10 mil­lion project that will see a Lion can­cer lodge in the Waikato where pa­tients re­ceiv­ing treat­ment can stay with their fam­i­lies.

Out­stand­ing ser­vice in the com­mu­nity is recog­nised by the Ti­rau Lions through the Lloyd Mor­gan Trust Award, while the Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship Award is pre­sented to a Lions mem­ber who has demon­strated hu­man­i­tar­ian ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

Lions clubs’ suc­cess and on­go­ing con­tri­bu­tion to their com­mu­ni­ties re­lies on a di­verse range of peo­ple with an equally wide range of skills and knowl­edge who are will­ing to ap­ply those for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers while en­joy­ing con­sid­er­able fel­low­ship.

Com­ing events are the fa­mous Paddy’s Mar­ket on Oc­to­ber 15 and the Ti­rau Mar­ket Day held on the fol­low­ing day. This mar­ket will be held monthly next to the Ti­rau Hall.

If any­one wishes to find out more about Ti­rau Lions please ring ei­ther Lois on 883 1445, Char­lie on 883 1476 or Mark on 883 1574.

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