Woolgoolga Lions Club raising funds for childhood cancer

Woolgoolga Lions Club president and Coffs Harbour Citizen of the Year Jean Vickery are once again doing good deeds, this time around raising funds for childhood cancer. Photo: Emma Darbin.

 

DONATION tins have been lining the counters of Woolgoolga stores recently, with the Woolgoolga Lions Club once again fundraising for a worthy cause.

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Last time it was for the drought appeal, this time around the club is raising funds for childhood cancer.

Woolgoolga Lions Club president and Coffs Harbour Citizen of the Year Jean Vickery said the donation tins had been very successful, with $3,500 raised this year by the northern beaches community.

Of that money, $3,000 was donated to the ‘Need for Feed Disaster Relief’ drought appeal to help farmers feed their families and livestock through the delivery of fodder and household food hampers.

“We’ve raised $3,500 since February; people are very generous,” Jean said.

“$3,000 came out of the tins for the drought appeal, and now we’ve got them back out for childhood cancer.”

A total of 20 tins have been circulated among Woolgoolga and northern beaches businesses since last month.

Jean said childhood cancer was quite a popular cause, and was a charity many people wanted to donate to.

“I’ve been through the hospitals in Sydney and seen the suffering, and I think that’s turned me towards (fundraising for) childhood cancer,” Jean said.

“It will help someone out.”

Jean said the club has had to come up with other ways to fundraise with the club’s regular fundraising barbecues being placed on hold, due to COVID-19.

Donation tins will be collected by the club next month to see how much funding has been raised by the local community.

All funds raised will be donated to the Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation charity which helps children aged between six and fifteen suffering from cancer.

 

By Emma DARBIN

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