St Paul’s Bay Lions Club is relatively small so isn’t able to raise a lot of funds but they do recognise numerous charitable needs in Malta. Wokingham Lions have helped them by donating money from our charity account to theirs
At the end of the evening, Alan and Christina were presented with a Frenchs Forest Lions Club banner, and an invitation to visit again next time they are in Australia. Alan responded by inviting any of their members who visit the UK to contact him to meet our club.
The climate in Australia makes a big difference, so most of their events are bathed in sunshine. For example, they organise a Santa’s sleigh, but it has a slightly different angle when everyone is in T-shirts and shorts!
We became aware of their work and teamed up with the other 4 Lions clubs in our area to fund the building of a new property on the RITA housing project for victims of the Tsunami.
A few years later Andy and Debbie Slay decided to visit Sri Lanka for their holidays and arranged to go to the housing project to meet the people that had been helped by the project. It was wonderful to see how their lives had been transformed by the work and we found it a very humbling experience.
Whilst on the same holiday we also visited a girls orphanage and the Wokingham Lions subsequently funded food, new dresses and eye tests for the girls.