SERV­ING LO­CAL SE­NIORS

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Ellen Ransley [email protected]­ern­starnews.com

LIONS clubs around the world take a day out of each year to cel­e­brate and per­form an act of ser­vice for World Ser­vice Day, with the St Ge­orge branch no ex­cep­tion.

Every year the club holds a lun­cheon for se­nior ci­ti­zens through­out the re­gion in what event or­gan­iser Keith Co­dring­ton said was a high­light on the calender.

“We had about 140 peo­ple turn out on Sun­day, and we had around 25 helpers too.

“We’re grate­ful to the rugby league club for help­ing us out with the bar.”

Of the helpers, Mr Co­dring­ton said he was pleased to see many young peo­ple turn out to do their bit .

“I take my hat off to them, they did a marvel­lous job.

“It’s great that the Lions Club can help the young peo­ple in our town ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity spirit.”

Mr Co­dring­ton said the day was a suc­cess.

“A lot of el­derly folks that come don’t get out much, so they might only see each other once or twice a year. “They all love it. “Some of the peo­ple that can’t make it to the lun­cheon on their own, we have vol­un­teers who go and get them to bring them here and they take them home af­ter.”

Mr Co­dring­ton said he was proud of the types of ser­vice the club could of­fer the wider com­mu­nity.

“The com­pan­ion­ship that is pro­vided when ev­ery­one does get to­gether on days like Sun­day is just so nice to see.

“In my opin­ion, these peo­ple re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the chance to get to­gether, and the club feels it too.”

“It truly is an event that is an­tic­i­pated.

“Every­body that comes out re­ally, re­ally en­joys it.”

The lo­cal rugby league team was on hand to help out on Sun­day, a part­ner­ship that has been go­ing for 10 years.

“We sup­port each other through­out the year in var­i­ous things, and them run­ning the bar for us is just one way we main­tain a strong in­ter­club re­la­tion­ship,” Mr Co­dring­ton said.

The Lions Club of St Ge­orge cur­rently has 18 ac­tive mem­bers but is al­ways on the look­out for more.

“It’s open to any­body who is com­mu­nity minded or wants to be of ser­vice.”

PHOTO: RAE­LENE MCVINISH

PULLING TO­GETHER: St Ge­orge Rugby League pres­i­dent Kelvin Bella and trea­surer Tanya Gri­inke, Lions mem­ber Gra­ham Nosse and 2018 Lions Youth of the Year Wil­liam Fisher help be­hind the bar.

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