Lions Club celebrates year of fundraising

Lions President Greg McLeod welcomes new member David Smyth.
Lions President Greg McLeod welcomes new member David Smyth.

The purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle highlighted a successful year of fundraising by the Gilbert Valley Lions Club.

The Lions Club raised $67,000 over the last year through various grants and donations in order to purchase the vehicle, which will be based at the Gilbert Valley Senior Citizens Homes in Riverton and will be used for transport to medical and other appointments.

Use of the vehicle is available to anyone who is unable to use or does not have access to their own mode of transportation, and can be accessed by contacting the Gilbert Valley Senior Citizens homes.

A number of donations were also made to various projects locally and nationally, as well as internationally.

Members gathered last week at the Waterloo Hotel for their Annual Handover Luncheon, and were joined in attendance by visiting members from Balaklava and Kapunda Lions Clubs.

President Greg McLeod was elected to office for the third straight year, and indicated in his acceptance speech that the Lions Club board and members would continue to raise money over the next year to help those in need.

President McLeod also inducted David Smyth of Riverton as a new member of the Gilbert Valley Club.

Lions has approximately 1.4 million members across over 200 countries, which focuses their efforts to help those who need it the most.

Lions Club was formed in 1917 and currently has 117 chapters in South Australia alone, Including clubs from Clare, Jamestown and Gilbert Valley.