Lions’ sup­port for refuge

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The Toko­roa Host Lions Club has been do­nat­ing to val­ued com­mu­nity causes for years now.

While still con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity via calf-rear­ing and hypo ( sodium hypochlo­ride) sales, the trust puts all pub­lic do­na­tions back into the com­mu­nity by award­ing grants to se­lected or­gan­i­sa­tions.

This year is no dif­fer­ent with Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Lions Lodge and both Toko­roa’s Sal­va­tion Army and Women’s Refuge each re­ceiv­ing $8000.

Es­tab­lished in Fe­bru­ary, the lodge pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion and sup­port for up to 600 peo­ple liv­ing out of town and un­der­go­ing can­cer treat­ment at Waikato Hos­pi­tal.

The Bay of Plenty/waikato Lions clubs pledged to raise $3 mil­lion for the lodge’s $5m additional costs.

Toko­roa Lion’s mem­ber John Wadey un­der­stands the clubs have now raised $1.3m.

‘‘We’ve been do­ing it ( award­ing grants) for so long now,’’ Mr Wadey said. ‘‘ The main rea­son we picked these char­i­ties is we felt they had the great­est need for the com­mu­nity.’’

A driv­ing force be­hind the fundrais­ing is fel­low Toko­roa Host Lion’s mem­ber Murray Scar­lett.

‘‘We look at dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions each year and the Women’s Refuge, we hadn’t done be­fore. It is one of the ones that gets over­looked, you know,’’ Mr Scar­lett said.

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