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!
At the May business meeting of Peterborough Lions Club, we were pleased to welcome Caroline Ford from the BGL Group to give us an update on her trip to Guatemala with Plan UK, who are building pre-schools and “learn through play” centres to support the cognitive development of children both directly and through engagement of whole communities.
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Relatively small sums of money make a huge difference in a country still recovering from a 36-year civil war, and where more than half the 15 million population is under the age of 18, and a similar proportion live in poverty.
Peterborough Lions are proud to have been able to support Caroline and BGL Group in this extremely worthwhile project.
On Saturday 13th April, Lion Syd Walker (a Lion for many years) together with Denis, Andy and Gavin (new Lions members of the newly formed Rixton with Glazebrook Lions Club) were interviewed for a Radio 4 article about volunteering. Nigel asked Syd “why he had started the new Lions Club” and the conversation focussed around “being active within their own community and having a visual presence”.
Rixton with Glazebrook Lions Club has 17 new members and 4 transferring from nearby Warrington Lions Club. Radio 4 interviewed Lions members, District Governor Meg Philip (and husband Michael), members of the public and Mike Clipston (District Marketing & PR Officer) on the work of the Lions and the Lions Message in a Bottle project.
The radio article is archived online on the BBC website and is well worth a listen.
For more information about the Message In A Bottle project or volunteering with your local Lions Club in Peterborough please get in touch!
We have received a photo and Christmas card from Supattra – a girl in Phuket Sunshine Village (which cares for Thai children affected by the tsunami) sponsored by Peterborough Lions. We thought it would be nice to share them with the people of Peterborough, so here they are!
It was nice to see Lions 105EA District Governor travelling all the way from Wymondham Lions Club to attend our September Lions Club business meeting.
Lion Jim Cawte and wife Jennifer were present for a demonstration by Lion Mark Rogers of our sister website, Lions’ Share
, followed by a question and answer session about how it works and how well it is doing. We look forward to seeing it promoted across the district in coming months.
Peterborough Lions Club President Bill Peacock presented the DG with our club banner and received one of Lion Jim’s personal banners in return.
We were also given a short introduction to the DG Lady’s 2012 Appeal by Jennifer, which this year is raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. For those of us young enough to remember being a teenager, it’s a difficult enough time of life as it is without also having to face the enormous challenge of fighting a disease like cancer, but sadly the plight of teenagers with cancer is often overlooked. For that reason (despite it being direct competition to our own quiz leaflet
!) many club members were more than willing to buy the DG Lady’s own quiz leaflets, and the club was also proud to present a donation to the appeal to our visitors.
For more information on the DG Lady’s appeal, see the 105 EA website and the Teenage Cancer Trust website.
The following collection of photos from the 2012 Great Yarmouth Fun Day on Sunday 2nd September have been added to the gallery.
For the last five years Peterborough Lions Club has been a sponsor of children living in the Phuket Sunshine Village. The aim of the Village is to protect and assist disadvantaged children affected by the Tsunami in the four southern Thailand provinces. It provides education and give access to public health services to underprivileged children.
All the Peterborough Lions would like to thank the people of Peterborough and surrounding areas for your support over the past year, and for your donations, whether you saw us with Santa and his Carol Float in the past weeks, or bought a quiz leaflet, or any of the other ways we’ve been supported in 2011.
Rest assured all the money raised will be put to good uses (if it hasn’t already!), and be just as assured our fundraising efforts will be back in the New Year to provide resources for welfare and projects in 2012.
We hope you have a great Christmas! See you soon!