SERVICE to the community is the natural inclination of the members of The Lions Club of Soldiers Point who have generously donated $12,000 towards the revitalisation of Bob Cairns Reserve, at Salamander Bay, funding upgrades to the park and its amenities.
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A further $2000 will been donated for the signage for the park by the club.
It took this small determined group of 13 hard working members, two years to raise the funds for the work at the reserve which formed their Centenary Project for Lions Australia.
Mayor Ryan Palmer, said, “The Lions Club of Soldiers Point are active members of our community who take pride in where we live and work tirelessly to support our local community.”
Works are underway, and the new accessible amenities block is a great improvement to the reserve.
The Lions Club of Soldiers Point have been committed to seeing the reserve improve and it now thanks to their efforts it offers wonderful picnic tables and the foreshore is protected with new fencing on the dunes.
“I want to thank all of the Soldiers Point Lions volunteers for their generous donation and for all their hard work over the years – not just on this park, but for our whole community,” he said.
Christine Lilly told News Of The Area, “We have been part of this community for 40 years, and has been worked tirelessly to make Port Stephens a better place.”
The Lions Club raises funds through Bus Shelter Advertising, sausage sizzles and other activities.
Last weekend they held a special BBQ to raise funds for the Drought stricken farmers.
The $2500 proceeds of the BBQ will be distributed as feed for farmers, their stock and water, seeing this groups donations total over $3000 for the farmers already.
Christine Lilly of the Soldiers Point Lions Club told News Of The Area, “10,000 litres of water should last most farms
close to 6 months and we are praying for rain in the meantime!”
The club welcomes anyone who is committed to the community and would like to make a difference whether it is to a park or members of the community like our farmers who are in need.
The volunteer efforts Lions Club also go beyond the support of vision care, to addressing unmet health and education needs worldwide.
You can find out more about your local Lions by contacting Christine Lilly on 0414 826 636 or Sharon Blunt on 0447 021 166.
“We’d love to catch up for a coffee and let them know about Lions,” she said.
By Marian SAMPSON