Your View: Lions thanks

YORKE Peninsula Country Times had a multipage feature highlighting the Lions clubs on Yorke Peninsula and the work they do for local and regional communities through donations of equipment and/or service work (YPCT 5-6-18).

Additionally, the peninsula clubs use funds raised to support various Australian Lions organisations including, Lions Hearing Dogs (some $35,000 to train one dog), the supply of mobility equipment for young children who cannot or have difficulty walking, and the Australian Lions Foundation and the Lions Clubs International Foundation (both philanthropic Lions organisations providing financial grants for various purposes).

ALF and LCIF are very active in responding to natural disasters both nationally and around the world.

In Australia after any large natural disaster you will see $50,000 immediately transferred by the ALF to a Lions club in the locality of the disaster (for example, Sampson Flat and Pinery bushfires) to provide immediate help to those people who have been affected.

If the disaster is widespread, or major in other aspects, that initial $50,000 is followed up with $100,000 from LCIF ( floods in northern NSW several years ago, or impact of evacuations from Cyclone Debbie in 2017).

Our purpose for the Country Times feature was to mainly let you — our community — know what we do as well as ask what other services we can offer to make our communities more amenable.

But of course, we cannot continue to work for the community as we have done in the past without members, of which we are critically short.

So the feature was also a call for help, a call to arms, if you will!

All the Lions of Yorke Peninsula would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Yorke Peninsula Country Times for publishing the feature and to those generous and community spirited businesses and other organisations which supported the feature by purchasing advertising space.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

John Barnes
Lions District 201C1
Zone 7 Chairman 2017-18


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