Lions work, fund-raising events and assistance saluted

2017-06-22 06:01

SUNDAY was an extraordinary and very busy day. Port Shepstone Lions’ resources were stretched far and wide with various projects.

Although the main focus was the Knysna Disaster Relief project, we also conducted free diabetes testing, many of our members worked at the Creston College fund-raiser and on Monday night members ran an admin fund-raiser at the South Coast Lifesavers fund-raising drive.

I have always known I belong to an extraordinary group of volunteers, but that really opened my eyes. The outpouring of generosity from our South Coast community, the tears, the laughter, the sheer determination to provide assistance to those affected was quite overwhelming.

I started the day at the diabetes testing where I witnessed people from all walks of life giving generously to our collection trolleys.

I visited our collection point at Party Costume Hire in Umtentweni and saw mountains of donations, plenty of tears and a community spirit that I have not seen for some time.

Lion Ladies Jenny Vogt and Bella Gallagher are absolute stars. They have worked tirelessly in organising their collection point, they networked with every individual that walked in to donate and even labelled items donated. They have also shed many tears of emotion with our wonderful donors. I also visited our collection point in Manaba Beach which is a combined Port Shepstone and Ramsgate Lions project. There, once again, I witnessed so much generosity and I take my hat off to our club president Jeff Smith and Ramsgate Lion Desiree Du Toit who have opened up their shop to the hundreds of donors who have literally filled the shop with bags of clothing, blankets, boxes of groceries and even a microwave oven. It is times like these that make me proud, not only to be a Lion, but to be a South African. This project is not about Lions, it’s about the sheer generosity of communities all over our country.

Ordinary people who, without batting an eyelid have given generously to assist complete strangers who have lost everything. The past few days have been my most fulfilling during my term as council chairman.

The fact that this all happened on the very day that Lions were celebrating 100 years of service worldwide made the occasion bitter-sweet, but also showed me the sheer power of an organisation of volunteers determined to help those in need.

To all the Lions and other organisations in the southern Cape who have given their time to receive our donations, sort them and them transport them to the affected communities, I salute you all and you are my true heroes. Well done one and all.

DENIS MEYER

Council of Governors chairman

Lions Multiple District 410

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