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MacKids Childhood Cancer Project

Lions Clubs Champion MacKids Childhood Cancer Project  

After a series of meetings and a tour of McMaster Children’s Hospital’s Oncology Clinic members of the Grimsby & St. Davids Lions discovered there is real need for the redevelopment of the clinics area that supports youth of all ages of during chemotherapy.  In particular there is a need to provide a space for teen age patients and the creation of a ‘Teen Zone’.  The redevelopment cost to create the Teen Zone was estimated at $150,000. 
Further to our meeting with McMaster staff local Lions consulted the scope of the project with our Lion Club Charity: Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).  Indeed, the hospitals need to develop a space for teen age patents would be considered for a $75,000 LCIF matching grant.  
As a result, the Grimsby & St. Davids Lions Clubs challenged the other Lions Clubs in our area (38) to join us to raise $75,000 that would be matched by our Lions International Foundation in our collective global effort to fight Childhood Cancer. 
To date we have secured over $44,000 in contributions from our district clubs.  These contributions are a result of various Lions & Lioness Club fundraisers such as Golf Tournaments, Fish Fries and Raffles.  For example: The Grimsby Lions are planning a Pre-Teen Dance on Friday, November 22nd at the Peach King Centre.  All proceeds will be directed to the MacKids Teen Zone Project.
Personal contributions to our MacKids Teen Zone Project are welcome through our Lions District A-2 Charities.

Simcoe Lions Centennial Project

In 1925 at the Lions International Convention Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.  In 1964 Simcoe Lions decided to highlight its commitment to its major work, eyesight with a 20 foot miniature lighthouse in downtown Lake George.  This beacon of light was the focus of the club’s work for their crusade against this devastating disease for many years. 

As time passed the icon began to deteriorate and so in June 2017, 53 years later it was removed and purified by fire at the annual club barbecue.  Out of the flames that night came the resolve to replace this beacon of light.  Thinking that this would be a fitting project for our Lions 100th anniversary, planning and work began on a new structure. After much hard work and many volunteer hours from club members and others in the community a new lighthouse came into being.  It is larger than its predecessor with state-of-the-art construction and LED programmed display lighting.

The original information plaque was lost over the years but a new engraving on a large rock repeats the wording of the original:

“Eyesight: the gift of God.

This Lighthouse, erected in the hope that

you, who can see this light,

will think of those who cannot.”


 

Lions Al Beamer & Herb Lodde, winner Annita Tudor & Lion Ken Suthons

 

On September 20, 2016 the Fabulous Fenwick Lions Club turn over the Tracker 16.5’ boat, 75HP motor & trailer to the winner of this year’s Wheels & Waves raffle, Annita Tudor of St. Thomas Ontario at the BassPro store in NOTL.

The Fabulous Fenwick Lions donated $7,500of the proceeds of the raffle to the Lions Foundation of Canada Guide Dog Program, $6000 to sponsor a Canine Vision Dog & $1,500 toward our Region 38E Zone Chair Lion Holly Cavanagh’s 2016-2017 project of raising $12,000 for an Autism Assistance Dog. This will be the 16th dog we have sponsored  from the proceeds of our raffles.

The Fabulous Fenwick Lions Club would like to thank all those Lions who supported this year’s raffle.


 

What great day in Hagersville Park. Excellent turn out for Summers End Festival and a great Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Splash Pad. Many of our sponsors and friends turned out to see this momentous occasion. In the picture atached are our partners from the Wanda and Scott Salverda Memorial Foundation, Steve and Shaun Salverda, the gang from R. A. Bennett Insurance, Aviva Insurance rep Mike, Jennifer Peart from FCC, and Janice Miles and Sandra Maggio.

 

We have poured the concrete, got most of the service building up and have about 4 weeks of work left before the frost sets in.
 
 
The project will be cleaned up and finished in the early spring. Water will be flowing on the Victoria Day weekend of 2017.
 

 

 

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