Soup’s On for Li­on­ess sup­port­ers

First of three monthly fundrais­ers held on week­end

The Expositor (Brantford) - - NEWS - JA­COB ROBIN­SON jrobin­[email protected]­media.com

OAK­LAND - New year, same de­li­cious fundraiser.

The South Brant Li­on­ess held their first of three monthly Soup’s On events at the Oak­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre Sun­day with eight tasty op­tions avail­able.

“We’re happy to have the com­mu­nity come out,” said South Brant Li­on­ess sec­re­tary Ch­eryl Craw­ford of Brant­ford.

“Each month (the at­ten­dance) varies, to­day we’ve set up for over 100. If we get 80-90 we’d be do­ing well.”

One gath­er­ing in each of Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary and March are an­nu­ally sched­uled at the hall. The events not only help area res­i­dents take a break from the cold but sup­ports a num­ber of ini­tia­tives.

“This is one of our big­gest fundrais­ers,” said El­liott, point­ing out money goes to­wards com­mu­nity projects, or­ga­ni­za­tions like Camp Tril­lium and lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

The lun­cheon came at the per­fect time for Zoltan Do­har of Pea­cock Point. Do­har rep­re­sents the Townsend Li­ons and over­sees clubs in a stretch of land from the Ni­a­gara River to Till­son­burg.

“As dis­trict gover­nor, it’s my job to visit ev­ery club and I’ve done that,” Do­har said just prior to en­joy­ing his meal. “Now I’m try­ing to visit ev­ery club a sec­ond time but in­stead of go­ing to a meet­ing, I’m go­ing to one of their events whether it’s a ser­vice project or a fundraiser like this.”

Do­har praised the South Brant mem­bers for their com­mit­ment to the event – it takes up­wards of 12 vol­un­teers to en­sure things run smoothly.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic project,” he said. “It’s a fundraiser ob­vi­ously but it also makes the Li­ons/Li­on­ess more vis­i­ble in the com­mu­nity and there­fore brings our im­age up.”

One would think a drop in tem­per­a­ture might get more peo­ple through the doors, but Do­har said that isn’t gen­er­ally the case for a win­ter gath­er­ing. The more press­ing is­sue is road con­di­tions.

“What I was happy about was see­ing the clear skies,” he said. “It doesn’t mat­ter how cold it is, if it was windy, blow­ing and snow­ing, peo­ple might stay at home.

“But with clear skies, it doesn’t mat­ter how cold it is.”

The South Brant Li­on­ess will also hold lun­cheons on Feb. 10 and March 10 from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. The cost is $8 per per­son which in­cludes soup, bread and dessert.

JA­COB ROBIN­SON/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

The South Brant Li­on­ess held the first of three win­ter Soup's On fundrais­ers at the Oak­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Sun­day. Pic­tured, Li­on­ess sec­re­tary Ch­eryl Craw­ford of Brant­ford serves Townsend Li­ons mem­ber and Dis­trict Gover­nor Zoltan Do­har of Pea­cock Point.

JA­COB ROBIN­SON/POST­MEDIA NET­WORK

The South Brant Li­on­ess held the first of three win­ter Soup's On fundrais­ers at the Oak­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Sun­day. En­joy­ing their meal was Talia, 5, and Laryn Hussey of St. Ge­orge.

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