Li­ons are al­ways ready to lend a hand

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

If you are in­ter­ested in get­ting to the heart of your com­mu­nity, the Co­bram Li­ons Club might just pro­vide you with the per­fect plat­form to do so.

The club has re­cently com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the ‘No Flies On Us’ pro­gram for the next three years at a lo­cal level af­ter be­ing ap­proached by the Vic­to­rian Agri­cul­ture Depart­ment.

Li­ons’ mem­bers helped pre­pare more than 250 show­bags and fly traps for the school chil­dren who at­tended the No Flies On Us Expo at Co­bram Civic Cen­tre on Au­gust 27.

The club is keen to ed­u­cate youth about the haz­ards that Queens­land fruit fly brings to the hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try.

‘‘We’ve en­gaged five schools as part of this pro­gram and we will be do­ing in-school pro­grams in these lo­cal schools be­tween now and De­cem­ber,’’ Co­bram Li­ons Club sec­re­tary Ch­eryl Hill said.

Mrs Hill said the club’s ob­jec­tive was to en­gage with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and give some­thing back.

‘‘As Li­ons, we are com­mit­ted to the com­mu­nity of Co­bram and we do­nate our fundrais­ing lo­cally,’’ she said.

‘‘For ex­am­ple, we do­nate schol­ar­ships to lo­cal schools, we do­nate to peo­ple in need — not only mon­e­tary, but also by phys­i­cally help­ing peo­ple.’’

One of the club’s big­gest fundrais­ing gen­er­a­tors is its Log Cabin Mar­ket, held on the last Sat­ur­day of every month at Fed­er­a­tion Park in Co­bram.

There is a huge va­ri­ety of stalls of­fer­ing lo­cal pro­duce and crafts, tools, plants, cloth­ing, house­hold goods, pet sup­plies, jew­ellery, soaps, can­dles and much more.

Mrs Hill moved to the area 12 months ago with hus­band Ron and they wanted to find a way to im­merse them­selves in the com­mu­nity as quickly as pos­si­ble.

‘‘We wanted to get in­volved in the lo­cal com­mu­nity in terms of help­ing the pub­lic out. We’ve al­ways done some­thing like that, so we de­cided to join Li­ons be­cause they were in­volved with the com­mu­nity so much,’’ she said.

Mrs Hill said the Co­bram club was look­ing for new mem­bers and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to come and find out what they’re all about.

‘‘We’re look­ing for new peo­ple be­cause we’re all get­ting a bit older. We need to get around a bit more and spread the work­load around,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s very ben­e­fi­cial. You can do a lot of things for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We’re al­ways do­ing some­thing and we’ve made some lovely friends that we’ve found through Li­ons since we moved here.’’

Want­ing new mem­bers: Co­bram Li­ons mem­bers John McPher­son (pres­i­dent), Ch­eryl Hill (sec­re­tary), and long-serv­ing mem­ber John Ar­tavilla at Fed­er­a­tion Park where Li­ons hold a mar­ket every month.

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