The Woolwich Observer

Woolwich Community Lions prepare for fundraisin­g sale of pansies

- Bill Atwood

BACK FOR ITS THIRD YEAR, the Woolwich Community Lions Club pansy fundraiser will now focus on a more local cause after raising money for Ukraine during the first two years of its run.

This year the campaign will raise funds for Community Care Concepts, a local non-profit that helps older residents remain in their homes as long as possible.

The fundraisin­g effort sold $4,800 in its first year, jumping to $8,000 in 2023. Organizers are hoping that trend continues this time around, noting the flowers are a popular item.

“I think everybody’s sick of winter, and the pansies are a good sign of spring coming or summer. And they’re just beautiful,” said Lion Nancy Booth.

This year, the sale will be held at Lions Hall in Elmira over two days, April 11 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be 300 pots available for sale to start.

The flowers, which are being grown at Warren Greenhouse­s in Kitchener, will be available on a first come, first serve basis in 10” pots for $15 and 11” hanging pots for $20. If the Lions sell out on the first day they will have more available the following week. For every pot sold, the club expects that around $4-$5 will go to the charity.

“Last year was so successful. We only had it in one day, and people were asking for another day… but we hadn’t made any plans with Warren Greenhouse­s to get more for a second date. So this year, we decided to have two dates,” Booth said.

Looking for a local cause to support, the club decided on Community Care Concepts because of its importance to members, she noted.

“We have aging Lions and we give to a lot of other organizati­ons in our area. We just thought we’d give them a turn. In the past, we have given to the food bank [and others]…By the end of the year, we give to a lot of different organizati­ons in the community. We took a vote and this year we decided we would do Community Care.”

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