Lions Raise Money for Haiti
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Hethersett District Lions President Alistair Mackie writes about how local clubs and Lions International are working to help the people of Haiti.
We have all been touched by
the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti and Lions have been there from the
beginning as a team from Canada was onsite putting in a fresh water system
when the event occurred. They immediately downed tools and started to help
with the rescue.
We here in Hethersett
District Lions have carried out fundraising and have sent £500 to the Lions
International relief fund. Money
was raised at our football car park on the 23/1/2010, making a total of £212.
We matched the amount from our own charity fund to make up the £500.
Below is the latest
information we have on the activities now being undertaken by Lions Club
International Foundation (LCIF) provided by Al Brandel – Chairperson Lions
Club International foundation.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), we have learned more about the
situation on the ground from the Lions of Haiti. My heart goes out to all the
Lions in Haiti, who have been personally affected by this disaster, losing at
least two club members as well as many close relatives. Yet they have put
aside their own needs to help their community. LCIF is working non-stop with
Lions of that area to support "Lions Hope for Haiti."
other previous disasters, LCIF is not only committed to meeting the
immediate needs of the people, but will be working through the Lions in
the region to provide relief for years to come. After other relief
organizations have moved out of the area, Lions will still be on the
ground, overseeing long-term reconstruction projects. Similar to previous
disasters, Lions will be discussing the possibility of rebuilding homes
and hospitals, redeveloping the eye care delivery system, providing human
resource support, and assisting the disabled, including those disabled as
a result of this disaster.
you have any questions please contact and we will try to assist:
Alistair Mackie -01603 812523
John Hewitt - 01508 570392
· Lion Bob McKibbin – 01508 470823
Previous stories about Hethersett District Lions Club
If you’ve ever fancied becoming a roaring success,
then Hethersett and District Lions Club could be the place for you.
The Lions International charity has over 45,000 clubs
and 1.3 million members across the globe, making it the world’s largest
service club organisation. Now the local branch is looking to increase its
profile and attract new members.
Lions work both on the international stage with large
projects such as curing blindness in third world countries and disaster
relief. Closer to home the organisation helps individuals and small
organisations in local communities.
The Hethersett and District club has over the past
few years donated money to many charities including the Big C Cancer Appeal,
the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Clic Sergeant and the neurocritical care unit
at Addenbrooke’s Hospital through the sponsorship of a local man who cycled
from the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital to Addenbrooke’s and back in one day
after his father had been cared for at the Cambridgeshire hospital after
suffering a brain haemorrhage.
The club also makes donations to individual people to
assist with particular needs:
one case we helped by assisting with the cost of installing adaptations in the
house of a local disabled boy and in another we
helped with the cost of buying a specially adapted wheel chair for
another disabled boy. Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world.
Our more than 1.3 million members in 205 countries and geographic areas are
different in many ways, but we share a core belief – community is what we
make it,” said Hethersett Lions’ president Alistair Mackie.
District Lions club covers a wide geographic area from Hethersett and Little
Melton in the west to Mulbarton
and Newton Flotman in the east and all villages in between but does not
cover any large urban areas.
makes fund raising a bit of a problem at times because much of what we do
relies on asking the general public for money,” Alistair added.
of the club’s most popular and financially successful sources of income is a
candy floss machine which is kept very busy in the summer months at school and
community fetes within the area and further afield.
In addition members help with car parking at a Norwich city centre
office when Norwich City are playing at home.
to the generosity of the company concerned we are able to charge for car
parking and keep the proceeds – over £2000 so far this season,” Alistair
added. He is quick to point out that being a Lion isn’t just about work and
also enjoy ourselves, not only when helping others but also when we meet
socially which we do as often as we can in a variety of ways.
Recently several members enjoyed a ‘Last Night at the Proms’ event
at Thursford and nearer to Christmas we will be getting together for Christmas
lunch at a local restaurant.”
the club would like to attract some new blood.
interested in meeting the Lions at work in a more informal setting is more
than welcome to come along to our forthcoming quiz night in Mulbarton Village
Hall on Friday 11th December. Proceeds from the event will be going
to the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity,” Alistair added.
Hethersett club meets on the second Monday of each month at Mulbarton Village
Hall and on the last Wednesday at the Grove Cheshire Home at East Carleton.
Anyone wishing to enter a team for the quiz or find out more about Hethersett and District Lions Club should contact secretary John Hewitt 01508 570392 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lions Club International also has a web site which links to the Hethersett Club.