Port Lincoln Lions give $15,000

DONATION: Jodie Brook and Fiona Millard from Bedford Port Lincoln show their appreciation to Port Lincoln Lions Club treasurer Bruce Martin for the donation.
DONATION: Jodie Brook and Fiona Millard from Bedford Port Lincoln show their appreciation to Port Lincoln Lions Club treasurer Bruce Martin for the donation.

The Port Lincoln Lions Club has given back to the community by providing $15,000 to local organisations.

The Lions Club presented cheques to 14 organisations at the Port Lincoln RSL on Tuesday, which were made up of funds raised during the last financial year.

Organisations shared in $15,000 in funding, which included $2000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, $1000 for Matthew Flinders Home and $700 for Riding for the Disabled.

Bedford Group operations manager Fiona Millard said the group was happy to receive $600, which would be put to good use.

“The Lions Club are amazing in their support of local organisations,” she said.

“We’ve been fortunate to be recipients in the last few years.”

SPELD SA (Specific Learning Difficulties Association of SA) has received $700 to go towards providing phonic readers at the Port Lincoln Library

Library services manager Louise Mrdjen said it was great to receive this funding to help develop literacy in the community.

“Through the public library we’ve been able to make these resources available to our local community and to support developing readers because literacy is such an important skill,” she said.

Lions Club Zone 12 chairman Gavin Roberts said with Lions Club celebrating 100 years of existence and 70 years of work in Australia it was as important as always to continue its work of giving back to the community.

He said this was an annual way of saying thanks to the community for their support.

“We’re a community service organisation and we work for the community,” he said.

“Every dollar we raise goes back into the community.”

The Lions Club demonstrated this in April when it provided $1000 to the Williams Boxing Gym’s Swag Appeal.

Peter Williams of Williams Boxing Gym said this donation could provide at least 12 swags that would help prevent people from sleeping rough.

He said he was looking to contribute back to the Lions Club after seeing what they were able to do.

“I was actually going to join Lions as a member, I was so impressed with them,” he said.