Start of a New Lionistic Year
The end of June saw the start of a new year in Newbury Lions.
Retiring President Peter Wood handed over to New President Judith Colby and a new team of officers. We are also pleased to say one of our members Colin Mansell has become Zone President for our region!
‘It is a great honour to serve as President of Newbury Lions Club and I am looking forward to the year ahead. Newbury Lions have been serving the local community for 50 years and we continue to do so despite these strange times. Although we have had to cancel all our fundraising activities, including our annual Fireworks Display at Newbury Racecourse, we will continue to support those in need wherever we can.’
One thing we would like to highlight at the beginning of this year is our ‘Message in a bottle’ scheme, especially for those who are vulnerable and may live alone.
More than 6 million Message in a Bottle kits have been distributed by Lions Clubs British Isles in recent years to people with conditions such as diabetes, allergies, disabilities, and life-threatening illnesses.
Message in a Bottle kits are supplied by local clubs to members of the public, as well as to health centres, doctors’ surgeries, and chemists.
The Message in a Bottle kit includes a form, where personal and medical information is detailed. This is placed in the distinctive bottle which is stored in the fridge. Two stickers are provided: one for the fridge door and the other for inside of the front door of the premises. Paramedics, police, fire-fighters, and social services support this Lions life-saving initiative and know to look in the fridge when they see the Message in a Bottle stickers.
The last few months have been challenging for the club in that several fundraising events had to be cancelled and the lockdown saw a new way of holding the monthly meeting via Zoom!
Members of Newbury Lions have been doing lots of volunteering and giving support to the community during the crisis, - these people are what being a Lion is all about.
We would welcome new members especially those who have been volunteering during the Covid-19 crisis and wish to continue supporting our Community into the future.
Newbury Lions wish everyone a Merry Christmas and hope our Facebook page for December will bring some good cheer!
A while back we were asked to support the World Literacy Foundation with a project called UK Reads which aims to get childrens books into every household across the country.
Certificates of Appreciation will be going to various individuals and organisations who have supported the community since Lockdown
Along with everyone else, Newbury Lions Club have found it difficult to raise money during the Covid-19 lockdown. The local District Council had swiftly set up a support hub that has operated efficiently during the crisis, with Lions registering individually as volunteers. Lion Maureen Benedict set up a community Facebook page to co-ordinate volunteers in her small village, which has many older people. She also began to cook a curry once a week for neighbours. This has now grown into a weekly Curry Club serving over 35 people each week.
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