Local Lions Club members provide assistance to the Bundarra community

September 28, 2010

The Bingara Lions Club recently assisted the Bundarra community by donating $1000.00 to the local Bushfire Victims.

The donation formed part of a ‘Service to the Community Project’ between the 201N1 Lions International District and the Salvation Army.

In all, $80,000 was donated; $40,000 from the Lions 201N1 district, $7,500 from the Australian Lions Foundation and $30,000 from the Salvation Army.
The donations provided 27 landholders with 7,000 posts, 124 rolls of plain wire and 80 rolls of barbed wire. The landholders received enough material to rebuild approximately one third of their boundary fences. They all reported that the fires were on top of ten years of drought. This, they believed, left them in a very untenable situation and that the serious lack of boundary fencing made it even more difficult to run and restock their properties.

The handover of the materials was conducted at the Bundarra Showground’s on September 11.  Bingara Lions President Ian Grieve was there to help with the handing out of the fencing materials.

Ian said it was one of the most satisfying moments of his newly appointed position.  He also commented that the materials would effectively allow for 40 kilometres of boundary fences to be replaced, and in doing so would accelerate the opportunities to recover from drought and the devastating Christmas fires.

On the day there was also a brief handover ceremony where two key Lions, District Governor Peter Clarke from Hallidays Point, and project coordinator Richard Edkins from Glen Innes, paid tribute to the tenacity of the farmers and the generosity of the people in the region.

Speakers from the Salvation Army also reiterated Peter’s and Richard’s tributes.
In reply the Bundarra farmers expressed their gratitude, particularly to the Salvation Army, whose generosity extended well beyond the fencing materials.

The Bingara Lions Club has also raised money and does service work to meet pressing needs in our local Bingara community including kitting out the new laundry in Touriandi Lodge, supplying a shelter at the rear of the new hospital and sending local Bingara youth annually on the ‘Kids to the Coast’ program.
The Bingara Lions members thank everyone who contributes to this important work.

“You are truly helping Lions make a difference in our community,” a Lions Club spokesman said.

The Bingara Lions Club has 19 members and meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Bingara RSC. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Bingara Lions Club, please contact Ian Grieve on 67241245.

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org