Lions donate to show support
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.