Birthday celebration for local Lions

2018-06-12 06:00
The Lions Club of Athlone is slowly but surely establishing a name for itself.

The Lions Club of Athlone is slowly but surely establishing a name for itself.

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The Lions Club of Athlone will be celebrating its first birthday next month and is calling on the public to join in on the celebration. The group forms part of the Lions Club International, an organisation that has established several branches across the world over the last 100 years.

The club aims to empower passionate volunteers to serve and meet their communities’ needs, and to encourage peace, among other things, through the Lions clubs.

Rashid Adams, spokesperson for the Lions Club of Athlone says a number of events are lined up to mark their one year of successful service to Athlone and surrounding
communities.

“We started this branch last year and have been taking it step by step. We are very proud of our club because of the work we have done so far, despite only turning one,” says Adams.

“Our big event is in July where we will be selling tickets for our evening celebration, which will be in the form of a supper. The venue, theme and ticket cost will be announced shortly after Ramadan, and tickets will be on sale to both club members and the public.”

“All sponsorship and fundraisers under our club benefit the community through various projects. We are a for-profit organisation, but don’t make profit for gain – we make profit for the community, and this is the special part of it.”

Guest speakers to attend the event include Rehana Parker, a lawyer and former acting judge. Parker is set to take the position of president from Grassy Park Community Policing Forum’s chairperson Philip Bam, representing the Lions Club of Kirstenbosch.

“We work in the Athlone area, but also include surrounding areas and communities as far as Surrey Estate.We have approached Kewtown Primary School in Klapperbos Street for the Vision Project. This project focuses on the learners’ eyesight. Many of them (learners) have issues during school time when having to read from chalkboards.

“We done some eye testing and identified quite a few who need urgent treatment. We arranged with the optician for a date to meet the kids, and a new world will soon be opened for them when they receive their new glasses.

“We are also busy with the Tie Project where we will donate ties to the learners of Cyprus Primary School, as an aim to bring discipline and identity to the kids when on school grounds and in the public. This is a great project, as I am a man of discipline myself.We have already got a sponsor who will buy the ties for us with the aim of handing them over to the school.”

The group will also host a Youth Day event on Saturday 16 June at St Francis Home in Thornton Road. The purpose of the visit is to raise awareness around the home.

Adams says all the projects done since establishing the club are thanks to what has been raised over the past few months.

“We need to start connecting ourselves with various organisations in the community to see what needs to be done. If we are going to continue working in silence then we are not going to get there. We also won’t achieve success in uplifting our people, if we don’t get the support of the community.”

He urges locals to come on board and to sign up as members of the Lions Club of Athlone in the hopes of growing the partnership within the community.

V For more information, call Rashid Adams on 021 820 2002 or email lionsathlone@gmail.com.

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