Li­ons do­nate to show sup­port

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By CO­RAL COOK­SLEY

Giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity marked a spe­cial event at a monthly Beech­worth Li­ons Club din­ner meet­ing at the Hiber­nian Ho­tel last week.

Club pres­i­dent Chris­tine Luck­man said cheques of $500 were pre­sented to 1st Beech­worth Scouts, North East Box­ing, and the Aus­tralian Li­ons Foun­da­tion.

Lo­cal CFA mem­bers Josh Kar­dol and Nathan Flem­ing each re­ceived a cheque for $250 to aid their fundrais­ing for the fifth An­nual Mel­bourne Fire­fighter Stair Climb at the city’s 28 floor Crown Metropol Ho­tel on Septem­ber 1.

The pair will be among 600 ca­reer and vol­un­teer fight­ers from around Aus­tralia and the world who will wear fire­fight­ing gear with breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus weigh­ing a hefty 25kg for the gru­elling chal­lenge.

Mr Kar­dol said over $1400 had been raised lo­cally for Life­line and the Black Dog In­sti­tute so far to step up to fight against de­pres­sion, post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) and sui­cide.

First Beech­worth Scouts group leader Donna Hughes said funds would as­sist with first aid train­ing and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment for its mem­bers.

Ms Hughes thanked the Li­ons Club for its on­go­ing sup­port with a hand­made patch­work quilt to raf­fle on the night.

Beech­worth Box­ing Gym’s John McCub­bin who trains lo­cal youth said funds will help pur­chase equip­ment, train­ing gear and travel ex­penses to other venues.

Ms Luck­man said do­na­tions to the Aus­tralian Li­ons Foun­da­tion stayed in the Li­ons dis­trict to aid lo­cal med­i­cal causes and dis­as­ter re­lief such as fire, flood and drought re­lief that in­cluded live­stock fod­der and wa­ter.

She said club funds raised through­out the year ben­e­fited lo­cal groups and in­di­vid­u­als who needed fi­nan­cial sup­port.

A patch for the club’s ban­ner was also pre­sented by Li­ons Zone chair­man Clin­ton Clithro ac­knowl­edged four projects un­der­taken to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of Li­ons In­ter­na­tional.

Two projects in­cluded 36 scarlet oaks planted along the Li­ons Me­mo­rial Walk from the bluff to the car­a­van park fence at Lake Sam­bell and im­prove­ments to the rest area south of Beech­worth.

Others were an ‘Adopt a High­way’ project on the Beech­worth to Wan­garatta road three kilo­me­tres from town and Boomerang Bag spon­sor­ship to re­place plas­tic bags with en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly reusable ones.

Ms Luck­man said a sausage siz­zle be­ing or­gan­ised by Mr Kar­dol and Mr Flem­ing for out­side the Beech­worth and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank on Au­gust 18 would raise more funds for the Fifth Fire­fighter Stair Climb.

LI­ONS GIVE BACK: (from left) John McCub­bin, Nathan Flem­ing, Joshua Kar­dol and Donna Hughes with Li­ons Zone Chair­man Clin­ton Clithro, Beech­worth Li­ons Club trea­surer John Eldrid and pres­i­dent Chris­tine Luck­man.

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