It was a memorable night for members of the Lions Club of Athlone last Friday, as they gathered to celebrate the club’s first anniversary. To mark the special occasion, an induction dinner was held at Belthorn Hall.The aim of the event was also to introduce the club’s elected president Rashid Adams, to glance through the club’s past events, and to introduce several community projects which are set to be rolled out within the next few months.Guests who attended the event included soccer legend Nathan Paulse, district governor of the Lions Club Rocky Wright, and representatives from Rape Crisis, Choc House in Sybrand Park, Mosaic Centre and Horizon Halfway House.Adams explains: “Since the club’s charter it has been involved with a number of projects, with the aim of meeting the needs of communities on a local and global scale. Through various projects we intend creating awareness on topics which will allow the communities served to capacitate themselves and become self-sustainable.”In his acceptance speech, Adams committed to contributing to the development of communities in the Athlone district with a special focus of working together with various organisations in the area.Some of the projects embarked since the club’s establishment in May last year include a pencil box project at Norma Road Primary School, a vision programme at Kewtown Primary School, a beanie project with Choc Houses, an environmental clean-up project in Kewtown and a donation drive for the Breakfast Club of Eikehof Cancer Facility.“The Lion’s Club of Athlone currently has a membership of 24 who are all dedicated to serving the communities of Athlone and surrounds and ensuring that the objectives of this noble organisation are met. The club will focus on increasing its membership, which will allow them to reach more people in need,” added Adams. V For more information, call Rashid Adams on 072 173 1180.