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Helping hand

Wednesday, 6th March, 2019

Lions Club Secretary Barry Hancock Lions Club Secretary Barry Hancock

By Callum Marshall

The Broken Hill Lions Club is once more handing out food and stationery vouchers to graziers and their families.

Overall 127 vouchers will be posted to graziers in the Far West who need it most, with 56 food vouchers from the local IGAs and 71 Spicer’s vouchers for stationery.

Secretary of the Broken Hill Lions Club Barry Hancock said the money for the vouchers had come from donations and an Australian Lions Foundation grant of $12,000.

“In total we have $18,300 which we’re going to donate, through vouchers, to Far West graziers and their families,” Mr Hancock said. 

“We’ve tried to target as many properties as we could. I found another 56 in the area that we’re going to give the vouchers to.

“These 56 new properties are going to get $200 vouchers from either IGA Foodland or IGA Fresh.

“For the other 71 we’d previously given $100 food vouchers; this time we’re going to give them $100 vouchers from Spicer’s for stationery.

“I’ve put together a little letter to go with the voucher which briefly explains what this is all about. 

“It’s our way of helping out, showing to the graziers that people out there care.”

He said the grant money was part of Lions Australia’s efforts to help at a time of crisis in the country.

“The Australian Lions Foundation is part of Lions Australia, which is an organisation that the clubs within Australia donate money towards but also the public,” said Barry.

“The money is used for disasters throughout Australia, and in this instance it’s all for drought relief for graziers.

“They also have appeals from time to time and they’ve just finished doing one for the floods in Townsville where they raised over $300,000 from clubs and donations.

Mr Hancock said that money raised from the local Car for Christmas fundraiser had helped out with the vouchers.

“Helping out the public, whether it’s the aged and infirm, or children, is something that we aim to achieve.

“We raise funds through various ways and some of the proceeds from our big one at Christmas time, the Car for Christmas, are going towards the farmers this time.”

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