Lions’ support for refuge
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.