Western Kangaroo Island Lions grateful for support from the mainland

Excess donated goods in the Parndana town hall will go on sale on Saturday to raise funds for the Kangaroo Island bushfire appeal.
Excess donated goods in the Parndana town hall will go on sale on Saturday to raise funds for the Kangaroo Island bushfire appeal.

The support and sympathy from people far and wide willing to help the fire victims has been so overwhelming.

Members from Lions Clubs on the mainland and many individuals have really touched the Island population, and is reaching those in need.

Two large trucks and eight trailer loads of tools, and other goods, including foodstuffs, generators, and other sundry items have been transported to the Island by SeaLink free of charge.

Our thanks to the Lions Club of Yankalilla for establishing a collection point, for packing and doing the delivery to Kingscote, from where Island Care very capably distributed these goods to Parndana and out to the Gosse Oval.

Many families have called at Island Care and have been able to find essential goods as they have a need.

We have received 25 $100 gift vouchers from two mainland Lions Clubs - Seaford and Districts and Brighton Clubs - to be redeemed at Mitre10, these will be left at the recovery centre in Parndana for distribution.

Our club has made an application to LCIF, the humanitarian foundation of Lions, for an emergency grant of US$10,000 should this be successful it will be available for essential needs, e.g food, water, blankets etc.

There is also pending a grant from the Australian Foundation of Lions being held to assist with shortfalls in insurance and government funds for rebuilding community buildings, the Stokes Bay Hall and the Gosse buildings will be considered when those projects begin.

Brighton Lions club raised $28,000 specifically for replacement of children's play equipment at community centres and again this will be available when opportunity arises.

Lions Clubs throughout SA have ongoing projects to assist with recovery and rebuilding for fire victims around the State.

Many individuals not only Lions members have been extremely generous, Des Watts from Berri sent a Ford Territory sedan in immaculate condition to be given to some one who has need, this was filled with a small fridge and other useful items.

This has been given to a suitable recipient. Also an offer has been made from a teacher from Cardijn College, Noarlunga of a new garden shed still in its box. We are arranging to have it collected from the mainland.

Lions Clubs and others who wish to help have been encouraged to provide vouchers for purchase from local KI businesses for food, hardware, furniture incidentals etc. as ongoing support. - Yvonne Hams, President Lions Club of Western KI Parndana