Lions motivated to help their community thrive
Matamata Lions’ donations benefit both local events and individuals striving to excel in their chosen field or representing New Zealand overseas.
Highlights of this year’s donations include helping Dallas Kete get to Hong Kong to take part in a St John International cadet competition and camp, the club secretary Carol Curtis said.
‘‘The club tries to give back to individuals who are doing well in their chosen field like Olympic swimmer Matthew Stanley.’’ In the past Carol’s daughter Natalie has been partially financially supported by the club while she represented New Zealand in a shooting competition in England.
‘‘Every little bit helps those individuals get to where they want to go.’’
Carol said 90-95 per cent of $25,991 raised up to June 30 this year stays local. ‘‘Most years we give a generous donation to Westpac Rescue Helicopter as locals benefit hugely from this service.’’
As well as donating money, club members also donate time and energy to projects. They keep the helipad well maintained and keep the Kaimai lookout tidy. The club is also grateful for the support they get from local businesses, Carol said.
Matamata Lions members, like Trevor Potter and Joe Jessup, have kept the helipad, which the Lions group built, pristine.