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Lions continue to serve

The Kuils River Lions Club was chartered in August 2018 and forms part of a global humanitarian organisation, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) whose five core objectives are hunger alleviation, childhood cancer, sight, the environment and diabetes.

The club held its annual planning meeting on Saturday 5 September at De Kuilen New Apostolic Church Hall.

Recently elected president, Dorothy Hess, says their signature service is aimed at hunger alleviation.

Lockdown has brought some challenges, but thus far they have served close to 3 000 meals, she says.

The club works in collaboration with Food for Life Cape Town (FFL), a non-profit organisation affiliated to a global relief programme that provides meals to other organisations.

Hess says in the beginning of lockdown FFL was instructed not to serve meals because of social distancing concerns.

As the lockdown levels eased FFL was able to cook meals again, says Hess.

“We then collected and distributed within the community.”

Hess says some of the clubs’ members have also contributed regularly out of their own pockets for soup and sandwiches.

Masks were also made and distributed within the community.

Hess says their aim is to serve more than 10 000 meals by the end of this fiscal year ending July 2021.

Prior to the lockdown the club presented three successful wellness day programmes whereby the community was invited to have testing done for eyes, diabetes, blood pressure and HIV-status free of charge.

Hess says her own interest in the Lions was sparked when she attended a funeral in 2018 where Charlotte Jubelin, then president of the Cape of Good Hope Lions club and now a regional director, spoke about the organisation. “She explained it was mostly about serving the community.” 

Hess says she asked Jubilen about the possibility of opening a club in Kuils River as she was sure there’s a need locally. “I moved here the previous year and also thought it would be a good opportunity to meet people and to get to know the area better,” she says. 

There are currently 15 active members, but Hess says new members are most welcome. 

One of the projects in the pipeline is an environmental cleanup that will happen on Saturday 10 October in Wesbank. Hess has invited a Lions club from Stellenbosch to help clean and says an official from the City of Cape Town will speak about recycling and waste management. She says anyone in the community that would like to help are welcome to join in. 

Kuils River Lions are solely reliable on sponsorships and fundraisers, but Hess says fundraising has been difficult during the lockdown period. “We humbly appeal to organisations to reach out to us.”

One of the fundraising initiatives is the Lions Christmas cake orders. The 1kg Christmas cake costs R125 if ordered by 30 September. Payable by EFT or cash upon delivery. Phone Lion Esmé Cornelius on 076 159 2681 to order for delivery on 30 October.

  • Visit Kuilsriver Lions Club on Facebook or contact Dorothy Hess at president.dorothy1964@gmail.com.
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