The Host who’s given the most

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

The Toko­roa Host Li­ons Club have taken out an award for be­ing an ex­tremely gen­er­ous club.

Dur­ing the re­cent Na­tional Li­ons Con­ven­tion in Ro­torua the club was the first ever to re­ceive the PDG Jim Tow­ersey 2015-16 Li­ons Club In­ter­na­tional Foun­da­tion Sup­port Tro­phy.

The new award was given to the club which had do­nated the most money per head of club mem­bers for the whole of the Cen­tral North Is­land.

Mem­ber John Stevens said the club was wrapped to be the first club to re­ceive the award which is set to be awarded to a club each year.

‘‘It was out of 70 or 80 clubs from the Ton­gariro Na­tional Park right up to Ngaru­awahia and the Coro­man­del and Toko­roa got it so we were quite chuffed,’’ he said.

‘‘We are not a big club, we’ve got around 24 mem­bers, but it sort of ac­knowl­edges that hey we are out there mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.’’

He said each year the club makes the ma­jor­ity of its money through calf col­lec­tion days where lo­cal farm­ers do­nate calves which are then on-sold to raise money for char­i­ties and com­mu­nity projects.

The lat­est col­lec­tion gen­er­ated around $39,000 which was di­vided be­tween three char­i­ties- Stroke Sup­port, Hospice, and Saint John for its new hospi­tal shut­tle.

The club also gen­er­ates money through weekly Hypo (sodium hypochlo­rite) sales.

‘‘We are out there mak­ing money but the idea of mak­ing money is that we want to give it away again and the thing about the Li­ons, which is what I en­joy and why I joined, is all the money col­lected goes back to com­mu­ni­ties, ev­ery­thing,’’ he said.

‘‘We also do lo­cal projects such as the moun­tain bike park en­try build­ing, new sta­bles for Rid­ing For Dis­abled, seat­ing be­tween the phar­macy and doc­tor’s surgery, a con­crete strip at the cricket pitch and we are also look­ing at do­ing some­thing with the Leith Pl re­de­vel­op­ment.’’

‘‘We’re al­ways look­ing for things that are com­mu­nity ori­en­tated. It’s not about giv­ing out hand­outs but it is a help­ing hand,’’ he said.

The club meets at the Toko­roa Cos­mopoli­tan Club ev­ery sec­ond and fourth Mon­day of the month at 6.30pm. Stolen firearms Four firearms have been stolen from a ru­ral ad­dress be­tween Tues­day and Fri­day which is a huge con­cern.

A small amount of am­mu­ni­tion was also taken.

We don’t want to see any more in­ci­dents in­volv­ing firearms tak­ing place so if any­one has any in­for­ma­tion about this con­tact the sta­tion on 885 0100 or anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. Fam­ily harm We had 12 re­ports of fam­ily harm re­sult­ing in two ar­rests. Drink driv­ing We pro­cessed two drink driv­ers this week and their of­fend­ing re­sulted in in­stant fines and 50 de­merit points which is half­way to los­ing their li­cences. Sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour It is great peo­ple have been telling us about sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour but ring us at the time as that’s when we have the best chance of catch­ing crim­i­nals.

*Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son

LUKE KIRKEBY

Toko­roa Host Li­ons Club mem­ber John Stevens with a tro­phy award to the club for do­na­tion ef­forts.

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