Bal­loons over Waikato sup­ports can­cer lodge

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Both Bal­loons over Waikato and The Lions Clubs of District 202L are de­lighted to an­nounce the part­ner­ship of Lions Clubs as the nom­i­nated char­ity for the 2013 Bal­loons over Waikato Fes­ti­val. The ‘‘Lions Lodge’’ project will ben­e­fit from funds the Lions will raise as vol­un­teers dur­ing Bal­loons over Waikato with mem­bers of the Lion’s District of 202L out in force over the week.

In 2010 the Lions of the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coro­man­del dis­tricts adopted a district project to sup­port the re­de­vel­op­ment of the Waikato/ Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Lions Lodge on the old Brae­mar Hospi­tal site Hamil­ton.

The ‘‘Lions Lodge’’ is a very spe­cial place which goes a long way to­wards sup­port­ing those in our com­mu­nity af­fected by can­cer. But the very im­pres­sive build­ing in Lake Road is much more than just an ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity – it is a place where peo­ple who are go­ing through sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences can sup­port and learn from each other in a unique en­vi­ron­ment.

The 1.35 mil­lion Lions mem­bers per­form com­mu­nity ser­vice in 207 coun­tries – ar­eas that will be dif­fer­ent in many ways but Lions share a core

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Road, be­lief ‘‘ our com­mu­ni­ties what we make it’’.

As part of this part­ner­ship with the event, Lions and South­ern Trust, one of Bal­loons over Waikato ma­jor spon­sors, are work­ing to­gether to pro­vide two wor­thy re­cip­i­ents with a bal­loon ride. Both of th­ese women have been touched by can­cer in dif­fer­ent ways and the op­por­tu­nity of this once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence has been met with great joy and ex­cite­ment.

Lions are ac­tive peo­ple com­mit­ted to serv­ing their com­mu­nity with­out per­sonal fi­nan­cial re­ward and proud of the motto WE SERVE.

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