Lions kick in $10K

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

A $10,000 DO­NA­TION has al­lowed Echuca-Moama Search and Res­cue (EMSR) to buy life­sav­ing equip­ment.

Echuca Lions Club do­nated the money which it raised at its an­nual golf day on March 18.

EMSR trea­surer Bruce Smith said the money went to­wards buy­ing es­sen­tial res­cue tools, in­clud­ing a ram and a pair of combi tools used for cut­ting and spread­ing, and a diesel Yamaha pump.

‘‘We are start­ing to build up a res­cue trailer with these tools which gives us the abil­ity to go into re­mote ar­eas where our trucks can’t, such as farm ac­ci­dents,’’ he said.

‘‘Quite of­ten in ac­ci­dents, one car will be found off to the side of the road and the other one will be in a pad­dock and we can’t take the equip­ment there in the truck — so this trailer al­lows us to be in two places at once.’’

Echuca Lions Club golf com­mit­tee chair­man Barry Hig­gins said it was an easy de­ci­sion to do­nate the money to EMSR.

‘‘They don’t get any gov­ern­ment money and we heard they needed equip­ment,’’ he said.

Mr Hig­gins said the golf day at Rich River Golf Club was a suc­cess, with 92 peo­ple tak­ing part.

Mr Smith said EMSR was grate­ful to the Lions Club for its sup­port.

‘‘It’s only com­mu­nity groups like these that keep us go­ing,’’ he said.

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