IN­SIDE: Hard work pays off with new Lions Club in Caloun­dra:

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

CALOUN­DRA West is now the home of a new Lions Club.

On Fe­bru­ary 22, the club was of­fi­cially charted as their own stand­alone branch.

Lor­raine Hendy was re­spon­si­ble for start­ing the group.

She had been vol­un­teer­ing for the Lions for quite some time when she re­alised the area re­ally needed their own spe­cialised club.

“I was sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets for Lions and Dave, who owns Pos­i­tive Prop­erty, came up to me and said ‘if you start a club in this area, I’ll be your first mem­ber’, and on the same day Penni who came down from the north asked me if there was a Lions Club in the area, and I said ‘no but I’m go­ing to start one’,” Mrs Hendy said.

While the club is brand spank­ing new, Mrs Hendy said they had been sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity for a long time.

Pre­vi­ously they were op­er­at­ing un­der the Sand­stone Point Lions Club at Bri­bie Is­land.

Pres­i­dent of the Caloun­dra club Penni Nulty said be­com­ing their own stand-alone branch will help mem­bers to work faster and more ef­fi­ciently for the com­mu­nity.

“We are ec­static, now we are an­swer­able to our­selves, we don’t have to put ev­ery­thing we want to do through an­other club,” Mrs Nulty said.

“If we want a grant, we can get it our­selves.

“A mem­ber of their club had to come and at­tend our meet­ings to make sure we were run­ning ev­ery­thing cor­rectly, and we were ex­pected to at­tend theirs, we’ve cut out a lot of travel time.”

Mrs Hendy said all the money they raise will stay in the com­mu­nity.

“We’ve just helped a young boy that lives in Kings Beach,” she said.

“He needed a com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vice be­cause he’s a non-ver­bal autis­tic boy. His mum wrote us a let­ter ask­ing for $250 and in the end, we were able to fundraise $1000.”

PHOTO: AN­NIE CAUGHEY

NEW START: Caloun­dra West mem­bers with their new Lions char­ter doc­u­ments.

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