PULLING TOGETHER: St George Rugby League president Kelvin Bella and treasurer Tanya Griinke, Lions member Graham Nosse and 2018 Lions Youth of the Year William Fisher help behind the bar.
PULLING TOGETHER: St George Rugby League president Kelvin Bella and treasurer Tanya Griinke, Lions member Graham Nosse and 2018 Lions Youth of the Year William Fisher help behind the bar. Raelene McVinish

Seniors benefit from service

LIONS clubs around the world take a day out of each year to celebrate and perform an act of service for World Service Day, with the St George branch no exception.

Every year the club holds a luncheon for senior citizens throughout the region in what event organiser Keith Codrington said was a highlight on the calender.

"We had about 140 people turn out on Sunday, and we had around 25 helpers too.

"We're grateful to the rugby league club for helping us out with the bar.”

Of the helpers, MrCodrington said he was pleased to see many young people turn out to do their bit .

"I take my hat off to them, they did a marvellous job.

"It's great that the Lions Club can help the young people in our town appreciate the importance of community spirit.”

Mr Codrington said the day was a success.

"A lot of elderly folks that come don't get out much, so they might only see each other once or twice a year.

"They all love it.

"Some of the people that can't make it to the luncheon on their own, we have volunteers who go and get them to bring them here and they take them home after.”

Mr Codrington said he was proud of the types of service the club could offer the wider community.

"The companionship that is provided when everyone does get together on days like Sunday is just so nice to see.

"In my opinion, these people really appreciate the chance to get together, and the club feels it too.”

"It truly is an event that is anticipated.

"Everybody that comes out really, really enjoys it.”

The local rugby league team was on hand to help out on Sunday, a partnership that has been going for 10years.

"We support each other throughout the year in various things, and them running the bar for us is just one way we maintain a strong interclub relationship,” MrCodrington said.

The Lions Club of StGeorge currently has 18active members but is always on the lookout for more.

"It's open to anybody who is community minded or wants to be of service.”


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