‘This has made an impact but brings with it a problem’

HAPPY Pearl Phillips, Lions member and Derek Knight, past district governor and member of the Hayling Island Lions outside the shop

HAPPY Pearl Phillips, Lions member and Derek Knight, past district governor and member of the Hayling Island Lions outside the shop

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MOST people know that the Association of Lions Clubs is the largest service organisation in the world and that its members are dedicated to serving their community.

By that we mean the giving of time and skill and effort to improving the lives of those in need.

We are not primarily a fundraising body.

However, on Hayling Island the Lions started a community shop in Elm Grove which is run by Lions and friends without payment and has an obligation to return all net profits to the island community.

The citizens of Hayling Island have responded to this principle so strongly that in the first year of trading we received a net profit in excess of £40,000

Already this has made a major impact to our community but it brings with it a problem.

If we are not careful we will be labelled a fundraising group.

And the Lions are far more than that.

To correct this possibility we are therefore holding a free open evening.

The purpose of the evening is to publicise as many of our other activities locally, nationally and internationally as we possibly can, so that the citizens of Hayling Island, and anywhere else come to that, will have the knowledge to benefit from our projects and what we do.

It will be 7.30pm on Tuesday, April 9 at Hayling Island Community Centre, in Station Road.

When you arrive you will be offered a free glass of wine and there will be Lions there to answer any questions you wish to ask as openly as they can.

We believe that you will be surprised and impressed by the range and capability of Lions Clubs International.

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