40 years of helping community

Taieri Lions Club members (from left) Allan Free, Drew Stevenson, Howard Ashton, Eric Hyslop and...
Taieri Lions Club members (from left) Allan Free, Drew Stevenson, Howard Ashton, Eric Hyslop and Murray Taylor are looking forward to the club's 40th anniversary. Photo by Samantha McPherson.

The Taieri Lions Club will mark its 40th anniversary on Saturday.

Eric Hyslop, who was the first president, is one of eight founding members looking forward to ''renewing fellowship'' and reflecting on past achievements and projects.

''Everyone is really looking forward to it. Renewing fellowship with many past members who we haven't seen for a while is going to be great. There's 120 people that are coming to the dinner on Saturday night,'' he said.

The club, which was formed in 1974, has taken part in a range of projects and fundraising initiatives, which have all benefited the community.

From chopping firewood to helping with an annual food bank drive, you name it, they have done it.

One of the first major fundraisers was a beer festival.

They raised $1500 for Plunket to build new clubrooms.

A four-wheel-drive rally with Green Island raised $5000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The club raised $4000 for the neurology appeal and they also fundraised for the Mosgiel Ambulance service alongside Mosgiel and Strath Taieri.

Other projects include the Rivercade, Otokia Cemetery clean-up, building a fence for the tennis club and installing picnic tables for the Outram Glen.

The club also has a big involvement with Camp Quality.

The most satisfying projects for the Taieri Lions Club include hosting under-privileged children from Dunedin, supporting the elderly, helping with the clean-up after the Taieri floods and assisting in times of family tragedy.

Youth Exchange has also played a big part, as well as the club's 13-year involvement with the Berwick Outdoor Experience course that promotes confidence and self-esteem.

Being part of the Taieri Lions Club is not just about fundraising - it also holds social events.

These include fishing trips, golf tournaments, mystery bus trips and more.

If you would like to join the Taieri Lions Club, contact Graeme Robertson on (03) 486-1775.

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