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Our annual Showtime is three days of fantastic entertainment at the Parkway Sports and Social Club, provided free of charge by Peterborough Lions to senior citizens and other sheltered housing residents.

Thankfully the talents at Westwood Musical Society provide the entertainment and we are mostly relegated to the kitchen to make the tea!

It was another great success and we look forward to being back next year. Thank you to Lion Gaby Sharman and her team for organising it, to everyone who helped on the night, and to everyone who helped us raise money over the past year to fund projects like this.

Peterborough Lion President Richard Willis chose for his President’s Project to raise money for public access defibrillators for the Peterborough area.

The first of these is now installed and operational outside the main entrance to the Town Hall (on the wall outside the Light Box cafe and bar). This will make it accessible to a popular and busy area of the town centre at all hours.

The second is in the porch at Kingfisher Court, Stanground, where it will be available should it be needed for Kingfisher Court residents or anyone else in the local area.

The purpose of these public access defibrillators is to provide 24 hour access to life saving equipment. Should they be needed, following a 999 call for an ambulance the access code for the cabinet can be issued and guidance given on their use. Additionally, staff at local businesses in town and at Kingfisher Court will be provided with training (again funded as part of Lion Richard’s project). This training is extended to members of the public with a specific need (such as a relative or neighbour at high risk of cardiac arrest). The available places are limited, please contact Lion Richard for further information.

The following Press Release is also available:

  • Stanground Public Access Defibrillator (Press Release) – Download

Last year, Peterborough Lions were pleased to support the Raleigh International and International Citizen Service (ICS) in enabling young people from the UK to travel to Nicaragua, Nepal and Tanzania, to work with other young people locally on projects aimed at helping young entrepreneurs to set up small businesses within their communities, bringing benefits to themselves and those around them.

Volunteer Team Leader, Tom Hudson, travelled out to Wascasoni in northern Nicaragua in May, along with another team leader and 11 volunteers to work with over 50 local young entrepreneurs from 4 nearby communities, with the aim of creating sustainable businesses.

Having returned to the UK, Tom came to our January business meeting to give us a presentation showing their achievements. Over 500 community members were reached through their activities, 11 businesses were set up with seed funding (all of which are still going).

More information about this fantastic project can be found on their website.

Little Dresses for Africa

Lions Clubs involve themselves in Community Services which can take all forms of help and support, and Peterborough Lions have been involved in a great example of this.

‘Little Dresses for Africa’ is a project to make dresses from pillowcases and other simple patterns. For many children living in Africa in impoverished areas, wearing smart clothes can reduce the risk of them being abused or abducted by making them look as if they “belong” to someone.

Working to a simple basic pattern and using old pillowcases and other suitable fabrics the “HiJack Quilters” (also known as the Sewing Club of Eye and Market Deeping) have made a number of beautiful little dresses. The Club has been formed for 2 years and is made up of 26 Members; accomplished and not so accomplished sewers who meet weekly to sew together.

The dresses were presented to District Governor Nigel Folkard at our November business meeting.

Copies of the patterns can be made available if anyone is interested as this is an on-going project, so please do get in touch!

C n y u fill the g ps?

Peterborough Lions are proud to be supporting the National Blood Service “Missing Type” campaign, highlighting the shortage of blood across all three types: A, B and O.

Until the end of August, our homepage logo will have gaps where A, B and O belong. Can you help fill those gaps?

Visit www.blood.co.uk for more information today, and to book an appointment to give blood.

At the November meeting Peterborough Lions welcomed new members Julie Burge & Peter Fowell, who were sponsored by Lions Anita and Richard Willis, themselves relatively new to the club. It is fantastic to see a growth in numbers and we look forward to putting the new recruits to good use serving the Peterborough Community!

In keeping with the theme of supporting the community, Lion President Bill Peacock was also incredibly proud to award Lion Robert Mapletoft with a certificate to mark his one hundredth blood donation – a fantastic achievement and hugely important to blood (and blood product) recipients.

Our very special guest, Lions District 105EA Governor Christ Crick travelled all the way from Beccles Lions Club to present long service awards to Lions Paul and Karen Browne (10 years), Lion Steve Jellis (20 years), Lions Anne and Trevor Franklin and Robert Mapletoft (15 years). In response Lion President Bill presented a £200 cheque for the District Governor’s Wife Evelyn’s appeal.

Peterborough Lion Bob Gascoyne travelled over from Spain (a little to the south west of Beccles!) to make a rare appearance at a meeting to give an emotional update on the really valuable work taking place at A.F.E.M.C.E.

PAB are a fantastic, local charity who have been providing invaluable practical and emotional support to the blind and partially sighted in and around Peterborough for 100 years.

Peterborough Lions were delighted to welcome PAB to speak to us at our February business meeting. The range of services and support provided by PAB is extensive and would fill a website on their own, so it’s a good job they have one! www.mypab.org.uk

As a service organisation committed to supporting local charities we are proud to support PAB and look forward to continued involvement over the next 100 years.

Certificate of Appreciation Peterborough Lions were one of a number of Lions Clubs from Lions District 105EA (UK, East Anglia) who have provided sponsorship to children in Phuket since shortly after the Tsunami on 26th December 2004. The aim was to help the children come to terms with lost ones and to develop their own characters.  During this time the Phuket Sunshine Village was built.

When the sponsorship started those clubs were supporting 16 children and the majority have now grown up and have jobs and better lives. During this period Peterborough Lions have supported two girls and one boy, one of whom, Supattra, remains at the village whilst the other two having received education at the village have moved on with their lives and now have jobs.

Phuket Sunshine Village now has local volunteers who concentrate on the fundraising required to support children at the village, and with that in mind the directors of the project now feel that, as there are many different needs throughout the world, that the help can now cease so that the various Lions Clubs can concentrate on new projects.

As an expression of their gratitude they sent Peterborough Lions the attached certificate of appreciation.

Peterborough Lions are proud to have been able to provide support in the aftermath of the terrible events that devastated the area nearly ten years ago, and in particular to have been able to continue that support long after the events had ceased to be of interest to the news channels – work that would not have been possible without the support of the people of Peterborough.

In December Peterborough Lions Club members took time out to raise finds desperately needed for the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.

Most of the funds raised by Peterborough Lions Club are spent on charitable and community causes within the Peterborough area, but a small proportion is held back to support International projects through the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) which is able to direct money raised around the world through Lions Clubs located in disaster areas, ensuring that it is put to good use by local Lions.

The Lions Club Charity Dinner was held at Maharani’s Restaurant in Hampton Hargate (by kind permission of Mr M Farooq) and attended by local Lions and their partners and friends (including honorary Peterborough Lion the Mayor of Peterborough, Cllr June Stokes). On this occasion the sole aim was to raise money to help people affected by the super typhoon Haiyan, and through it and other fundraising efforts Peterborough Lions were able to present a cheque for £1,000 to the UK Lions’ Haiyan Appeal, where it will be used to provide essential water filtration kits. UK Lions combined have pledged £200,000 to this cause, sufficient to purchase 1,000 filtration kits. Lions around the world have contributed $500,000 including funds raised by the Orient and South East Asia Lions and those contributed via LCIF.

For more information about Lions, including donations to the Haiyan appeal or joing Peterborough Lions, please contact us.

At the September Peterborough Lions business meeting, we were given an interesting and thought provoking presentation from Tom Hudson following his placement in Bohol in the Philippines. Tom was fortunate to be selected to take place in the 3 month International Citizen Service project, aimed at 18-25 year olds around the world, working in projects in 24 of the world’s poorest countries. Peterborough Lions were happy to support Tom in his efforts to raise the £800 sponsorship required to take part .

Tom’s placement was with the international development charity VSO, which works in 14 countries mostly in Asia and Africa. Working with BISU university in Bohol, Tom worked on environmental education projects, including work with seaweed farmers, high school students, and environmental sanitation campaign attended by 1500+ people.

In an unexpected twist to the meeting Tom also captured a large spider in the course of his Q&A, returning it to nature outside the meeting much to the relief of several arachnophobes in attendance! Never a dull moment!

 

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