Lions lends a hand
Wednesday, 29th January, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
The Broken Hill Lions Club has joined its fellow clubs from around the world who are providing practical help to people affected by the bushfires.
The Lions Club International Disaster Relief Fund is donating water tanks to replace those that have been destroyed by the fires around Grafton, Tamworth and Foster in NSW while the local club has given its support to Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
BH Lions Club Secretary, Barry Hancock, said the Lions Club 201N1 District put out the call for the disaster relief.
“If disaster strikes in an area, they can apply for funding and if it fits within the guidelines they will distribute the money and all clubs work with emergency services in the area so therefore they are aware of what is needed in the area,” Mr Hancock said.
Already 20 tanks have been installed and there are orders for 70 more. Each tank cost $3000, which includes the tank itself, a pump and installation.
Broken Hill Lions Club has donated a tank which has been purchased and sent to fire-affected areas.
“The Australian Lions Foundation is going to support the SA-affected areas. It is just waiting for info to come back from the district governor,” said Mr Hancock.
“We’re hoping to do something to support Kangaroo Island because they are in our district.”
BH Lions Club President, Robyn Miani, said the water tank project was a good way to help.
“It is something tangible that will help people survive where they live and it is not just money going into a bigger organisation to give out,” Ms Miani said.
“We don’t know the devastation these people are going through but we see it on the news,” said Barry.
“We’re lucky out here, we only get dust, which isn’t life-threatening; well sometimes respiratory, but we thought this could be our way to do our little bit.”
The money for the water tank was raised from the Lions Club’s major fundraiser, their Christmas car raffle, and they thanked the local community for supporting them every year.
Individuals and businesses are able to buy and donate a water tank if they want. They can also have their name and/or logo put on the tank and the donations are tax deductable. For more details or to purchase a tank, call Mr Hancock on 0414 929 894.