Another record year

Our Club celebrated yet another successful year in September, when we held our annual presentation evening at the Greswolde Hotel in Knowle.

Welcoming over 60 guests and sponsors Lion President Barry Dale introduced some of the special students from Arden who gave an excellent presentation on their visit to South Africa where they spent nearly four weeks teaching children of poor local Zulu families, in a rural school, Schitsdrift, near Ladysmith. Their main subjects were Maths, English, IT and Music. The Lions had previously donated computers, printers and had helped with internet satellite connections over the last few years to give the children access to modern technology and help them develop new skills.

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Following an excellent presentation from Youth Travel Bursary winner Jonathan Cunliffe, who had travelled to study maternal health issues in Ethiopia, Barry then said how indebted the Club is to all the sponsors and local supporters who make their fundraising events so successful. ‘Our year started with our Festive Walk after Christmas from Baddesley Clinton House and we were delighted when over 1400 walkers donated over £9,000 for our nominated charities VisionCare, Northleigh House, The Brain Tumour charity and other local causes. The Knowle Fun Run, in its 31st year, raised another £45,000 for charity with superb support from sponsors and advertisers alike.’Click here to visit the Fun Run Site

He then announced that the Heart of England Bike Ride had raised almost £16,000 for charity and presented a cheque for £12,475 to Wendy Larkin representing the British Heart Foundation for their share. Wendy said ‘This is the third year has been the beneficiary of the Bike Ride and we are really grateful to Knowle and Dorridge Lions for organising the event.  The money raised goes to our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal which aims to fund research into preventing heart failure and giving hope to thousands of heart patients. We are looking forward to next July’s Ride and hope it will be even more successful than ever.’

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Barry announced that the club had raised nearly £74,000 in total for charity over the past 12 months and thanked all the sponsors saying, ‘It’s great for our club of 25 volunteer Lions to celebrate such success again, but without the help from companies like yourselves our events would never realise so much for charity.’

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northleigh.mvisioncare.mHe went on to present cheques totalling £35,778 to their 3 nominated charities – VisionCare, Northleigh House and The Brain Tumour charity who in turn thanked the Lions for their tremendous achievements.

Community Service Chairman Sue Owen explained that the Club retain 30% of raised funds to be spent on locally determined causes including the annual successful coach trip and tea party for older residents and the youth travel bursary. The many local organisations and individuals who have requested and been given support this year were briefly described.

She went on to introduce the charities the Lions are nominating as beneficiaries for the forthcoming Festive Walk on Sunday 28 December and Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 17 May 2015 – Arthritis Research UK, Knowle Football Club & Solihull Young Carers.

Anyone interested in helping the Lions should contact President Barry on 08458 335894 or visit www.knowleanddorridgelions.com for more details.