Ti­rau Lions go for the full swing

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

It is a hole in one for Ti­rau Lions Club which man­aged to do­nate a whop­ping $ 10,500 to a Hamil­ton can­cer lodge.

About 80 golfers turned up to the club’s Wai­tangi Day golf tour­na­ment to raise money for the Lions’ Can­cer Lodge.

In an ef­fort to con­trib­ute $ 3 mil­lion to­ward the $15 mil­lion Hamil­ton fa­cil­ity, Waikato and Bay of Plenty Clubs have pitched in.

Sec­re­tary Lois Gar­diner has knocked on many hun­dreds of doors through­out the South Waikato in the past seven years.

‘‘It would be at least a full two weeks by the time you add it all up it’s quite a lot of work and in­volve­ment but we en­joy what we do be­cause we are Lions,’’ she said.

And what she re­ceived was pure gen­eros­ity.

‘‘It’s re­ally re­ally good, it’s for a good cause be­cause peo­ple can go and stay there for free or some peo­ple give a do­na­tion – some peo­ple can give us hats, caps and um­brel­las, vouch­ers or jew­ellery,’’ she said.

Though there are some Mata­mata spon­sors, Gar­diner said the ma­jor­ity are lo­cal.

Even be­fore the event the club man­aged to rally up about $7000 to­wards to the to­tal.

Al­though gen­eros­ity is the key to the sub­stan­tial cheque she said it also comes down to their rep­u­ta­tion.

‘‘ Lions are known in the com­mu­nity and peo­ple know the Lions give to good causes,’’ she said.

The Ti­rau Lions Club has been run­ning the event for over a decade.

Gar­diner hopes to see it con­tinue for the next Wai­tangi Day event in 2015.

Can­cer So­ci­ety com­mu­ni­ca­tion man­ager Rachael Moun­sey said the Ti­rau Lions have been ‘‘in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous.’’

‘‘We are so grate­ful to the Lions [na­tion­wide] as they make a lot of what we do pos­si­ble,’’ she said.

Moun­sey said the re­gion’s Lions clubs have raised over $1.5 mil­lion in just three years.

There are nu­mer­ous other clubs are help­ing to­wards the cause.

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