When a disaster occurs, Lions are there to support the community and it’s members. Support is provided through funding assistance, various projects and programs depending on the situation. Disasters may include drought, bushfires, flooding, and earthquakes, just to name a few.
Autumn 2019 Drought Relief Update
The ‘C’ District Lions Drought Relief Committee was formed in November 2018 as a result of the drought in several areas of South Australia.
Since its inception we have worked in conjunction with District Councils and Lions Clubs within quite a few areas.
Prior to Christmas all 88 farmers registered with the District Council of Franklin Harbour/Lions Club of Cowell received a $200 IGA voucher. Our group also assisted 100 pastoral families in the Broken Hill area who received a $200 IGA voucher. Another group of 49 families from the Pooncarie area also received a $200 IGA voucher. Other areas where assistance has been given to farmers are Kimba, Karoonda, Meribien.
Also prior to Christmas every family to receive help also was given a Lions Christmas Cake in the 100-year tin. We were also given a donation of some 90 shoe boxes filled with personal items to be distributed to families in need on the west coast.
Of the $100,000 grant received from the Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) so far $61,000 has been disbursed with another $20,000 soon. The remaining $19,000 will be distributed soon after.
At present both Disaster Coordinators of the C Districts are working closely with the Family and Business Support Program (FaB Support Mentors) to distribute money to families in need within the Eyre Peninsula, Upper North/Pastoral and Mid North areas with food and fuel vouchers, clothing, school fees, water and gas.
While some individual disbursements are small, more often than not what is important to the recipients is that they feel they have not been forgotten by their community.
Let’s hope our farmers get some decent rains soon.
Disaster Relief Coordinator