Doing their ‘Lions share’

2017-10-25 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedThe Lions held a special Peace Poster Contest for the Durban School for Hearing Impaired and participating are the winning pupils, their teachers and some Kingsburgh Lions.

PHOTO: suppliedThe Lions held a special Peace Poster Contest for the Durban School for Hearing Impaired and participating are the winning pupils, their teachers and some Kingsburgh Lions.

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ADDRESSING the Better Together Network at their monthly meeting, on the third Wednesday of every month, Kingsburgh Lions president Moira Rigby shared Kingsburgh Lion’s vision and services rendered.

Kingsburgh Lions is part of a voluntary international service organisation with many clubs worldwide.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Lions International. The Kingsburgh club was started in 1975. The organisation arranges several fund-raising projects and all funds raised from the public are ploughed back into the community.

One regular fund-raiser is the organisation’s monthly flea market or car boot sale on the first Saturday of the month, held at the Winklespruit Bowling Club in Gus Brown Road from 7am.

Rigby said the organisation contributes to food security in the local community by obtaining grocery donations for the needy twice a month, at Checkers Seadoone on the last Thursday of the month and at Pick n Pay Kingsburgh on the first Thursday of the month.

They gather used spectacles and hearing aids from the community. They take pensioners and low income earners for eye tests at a local optometrist and the script is made up by Lion’s Operation Brightsight in Benoni at a cost to the club.

Hearing aids are serviced before being reprogrammed and given to people that need them and are unable to buy new aids.

Caring for the environment, the organisation collects plastic bread tags and bottle tops which secure funds for wheelchair donations and can ring-pulls which secure funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Kingsburgh Lions also took part in Coastal Clean-up Day.

Kingsburgh Lions also offer free monthly diabetes testing at Pick n Pay Arbour Crossing on the second Saturday of every month from 10am to 12am under supervision of a qualified nursing sister.

Undiagnosed persons with a high sugar level reading are provided with dietary information and advised to consult a medical practitioner. These clinics also offer blood pressure checks on request.

The Lions host the International Peace Poster Contest for Schools annually with prizes for pupils and schools. Members of the Upper South Coast Art Association are the judges and winning entries go through to the next level of judging.

At each level there are monetary prizes for the pupil and the school. The international finalists go through to the finals in the United States where the grand prize winner receives $5000.

Last month Kingsburgh Lions ran a special local peace poster competition for the Durban School for the Hearing Impaired as their pupils did not qualify to enter the main Peace Poster competition. Certificates and prizes were given to the first and second places in two categories.

Currently Kingsburgh Lions are looking for help with donation of items to sell at their monthly market and for new stallholders to get involved.

Those keen to have a spot or who can donate goods ranging from clothes in good condition, curtains, linen, small appliances, kitchenware, crockery, and any other items, should email Moira Rigby at or phone Sandy Elliot on 082 466 6480 or email sandye@airqualitycontrol. - Supplied.


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