Winter Relief Appeal scores a boost from the Lions Club

DONATE: Lions Club of Kings Meadows' president Derek Fellows and Colin Hingston give $2000 to the Winter Relief Campaign. Picture: Neil Richardson

DONATE: Lions Club of Kings Meadows' president Derek Fellows and Colin Hingston give $2000 to the Winter Relief Campaign. Picture: Neil Richardson

A valuable donation to the Winter Relief Appeal has become an annual event for the Lions Club of Kings Meadows.

This year the hard work of the club’s volunteers has resulted in a cheque of $2000 being donated.

The outgoing president of Lions Club of Kings Meadows, Derek Fellows, presented the donation to The Examiner’s Launceston office.  

“We’re very happy to be able to continue to be able to do this and help the Winter relief,” he said.

The donation came from the Lions’ barbecue at the recent Brixhibition Exhibition.

At the cheque presentation, Mr Fellows was joined by incoming club president Colin Hingston.

He said it was satisfying to get involved with the campaign, and thanked the people who made a purchase from the club at Brixhibition.

“The number of people that go to Brixhibition and usually stop to buy a sausage or a hamburger,” he said.

“You’re pretty busy all the time there and you have a queue of people all the time.” 

For almost 60 years The Examiner has helped people in need across the state.

This year the newspaper has partnered with four Launceston charities; the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Launceston Benevolent Society, the Salvation Army and the Launceston City Mission, with a goal of $50,000 in donations.

Mr Fellows called on other Lions Clubs in the north to come on board and donate. 

“It’s a worthwhile cause,” he said. 

Mr Fellows said this year the Lions Club of Kings Meadows had given away about $30,000. 

He stressed the generosity of the club came from the generosity of the community.

“It’s the same as any appeal – if we can afford it and it’s necessary, we’ll do it,” he said. 

“There’s a lot of groups out there we sponsor.”

But Mr Hingston said to continue supporting the community, new members were needed at the club. 

The Lions Club of Kings Meadows’ donation comes after $8000 was donated by the Launceston- based Fergusson family.

In the nine years the Robert Fergusson Family Foundation has been operating, the foundation has always supported The Examiner’s Winter Relief Appeal.

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