Residents in the wider Clinton area, which has a population
of about 1100, have raised more than $70,000 for charity.
The Clinton Lions Club presented the Otago Rescue Helicopter
Trust and the Neurological Foundation with $37,000 each at
its meeting recently.
Club president Drew Pennycook said both were very worthy
When asked how the club consistently raised so much money
from a small community, Mr Pennycook said he was not entirely
''As long as we get the support of businesses, we seem to get
support from the community, too.
''Still, I'm not sure how we raise so much money,'' Mr
The club, which has 44 members, raised $74,000 from the
Clinton Lions Club Advance Agriculture brassica competition
All items donated by businesses and individuals were
auctioned for more than they were worth, helping boost the
The club also raises money through several days' tailing each
year, with volunteers tailing between 20,000 and 25,000
Neurosurgery fundraising campaign chairman Brian McMahon said
the donation was a ''real bonus'' and the foundation was very
thankful for the support.
Speaking on behalf of the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust,
intensive care paramedic Doug Flett said the service
performed between 450 and 500 missions a year.
Mr Flett said the trust continued to receive ''great
support'' from communities like Clinton and Lawrence.
Last year, the Clinton Lions Club raised about $60,000 for
the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, and also raised $60,000 in
2009 towards a first response vehicle for the Clinton
Volunteer Fire Brigade.