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Sunday 22 October 2017

Volunteers needed to keep Lions roaring for community

Lions president Myles Courtney presents Natalie Power with a donation for the Harvey and Archie bus fund and (front) Shiela Liston, Tommy Kehoe and Rita Power at the New Haughton Hospital with DVDs.
Lions president Myles Courtney presents Natalie Power with a donation for the Harvey and Archie bus fund and (front) Shiela Liston, Tommy Kehoe and Rita Power at the New Haughton Hospital with DVDs.

David Looby

New President of New Ross Lions Club Myles Courtney performed his first official function at an event held in The New Houghton Hospital recently.

On behalf of the club donations were made to the Harvey and Archie Fund and the Rory Whelan Fund. In addition four DVD players were presented to the New Houghton Hospital to assist with their Reminiscence Therapy Programme for residents with dementia.

Speaking at the event Myles said that New Ross Lions Club is proud to live up to its "We Serve" motto and continues to focus its activities on the local community.

The projects were financed from funds raised recently through the race night held in Corcorans and the church gate collection. He said New Ross Lions Club is a volunteer organisation which needs new members. 'At the moment we need new members in order to build on the great work done by the club in the locality since it was formed in 1986. Many clubs, organisations and individuals have benefitted from the generosity of New Ross Lions Club in that time and many people have experienced the satisfaction of serving their community as members of our club also.'

All funds raised by the club are used for community and charitable causes, while the administrative expenses of the club are funded by members' subscriptions.

'We are a non-political, non-sectarian organisation and our mission statement is "To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs". We need and welcome new members and I would ask anyone interested in joining to check out New Ross Lions Club Facebook page and the Lions Club Ireland website http://www.lionsdistrict105i.com/'

The club meets in the Brandon House Hotel on first Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. and can be contacted at lionsclubnewross@gmail.com

There are 114 Lions Clubs throughout Ireland. Their membership is comprised of 2,500 men and women who enjoy serving their communities and having fun at the same time.

Clubs around the island of Ireland organise events throughout the year to provide funds to support local people and national and international projects.

Recent projects carried out in New Ross include: Message in a Bottle which provides vital medical information on elderly or persons living alone to emergency responders and a used spectacles collection: Old spectacles collected through local pharmacies and opticians, lenses sorted in UK and sent to clinics in developing countries for sight saving projects.

Another major fundraiser was The Kube in 2015 when New Ross Swimming Club approached the club for help as they had been made 'homeless' due to the storm damage to The Apex complex and as a consequence they were under severe financial pressure.

Myles said: 'Our subsequent fundraiser raised €12,000 for the club and €2,000 for New Ross Community Hospital.'

The club also engaged in a free diabetes screening for nearly 5000 people at the National Ploughing Championships in Ballinaboola, hospital birthday visits, with a small gift, a card and a chat for residents on their birthday; tourism projects.

'Our greatest success to date was the project which resulted in the setting up of the JFK Trust (the original Board of Directors were all Lions Club members) which ultimately led to the construction of the Dunbrody ship etc. We were actively involved with and funded New Ross Street Focus historical plaques project.'

The club also funded a respite break of a weekend away for local carers through its Family Carer of the Year Award and a suicide awareness training programme.

'In recent years we organised and funded two SafeTalk training days aimed at local clubs, organisations, businesses etc. Over 50 representatives attended. We sponsored a recent lecture in St Michael's Theatre by a renowned expert on cyberbullying and distributed information to local schools. We also launched a Christmas Food Appeal with food and funds collected all distributed locally.'

Another initiaitive was mock interviews at local schools.

'This year members of our club interviewed 320 TY students in the six 2nd level schools in the district and gave them positive feedback to prepare them for life in the workplace. We organise social outings and fundraising events like Wine Women & Temptation nights.'

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