There are many quiet achievers in our community – at various times and in different capacities, everyone lends a hand to make sure things go well for their local sports club, school, group, or club – this input of energy and passion is the glue that binds us together, and preserves the quality of life that we cherish (and perhaps sometimes take for granted), along the Sea Cliff Coast.
“We welcome anyone that is keen to make a difference – one more member gives us two more hands to do service in our community and internationally” says Stephen Wright, club president, “The club offers terrific opportunities to community members that have specific goals in mind – by coming on board as member, you have a much greater chance of success. It is also important to note that the money we raise is put back into local projects.”
“The annual Village Fair is on the last weekend of October, which in years past was held in the main street over two days, but as our numbers have diminished, it has been cut down to just one day. We would love to see the event reinstated in the heart of the town on Walker Street, between Short St and Lilyvale Street – this would create much greater benefit for the local shop-keepers, and generally help to showcase our town.”
“There are a couple of issues working against us, mainly trying to get permission from Council and also making sure there is full support from all the local businesses. We believe that if the local community felt strongly enough about the event, and how it could be a way to reinvigorate the town, then we could achieve this goal, and then work together to achieve success on other projects too.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the Lions and the Fair can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and the club will stay in touch with further details.
Alternatively, local business owners are encouraged to get connected with each other through the Helensburgh Business Alliance; https://www.facebook.com/groups/helensburghbusiness/ – enquiries to Nikola on 4294 9293.
“In the past, the Lions have sponsored a Hearing Dog for an Otford resident, put the original playground equipment in Charles Harper Park (including a meter box, and a roof on the bandstand), put the original sunshade over the toddlers’ pool, sponsored Girl Guides, musicians, scholars, and other young people who have gone overseas, built and consecrated the Park at Stanwell Tops and hold an annual ANZAC Day service there, built the bus shelter at Otford school, assisted all Rural Fire Services in the District, participated in Illawarra for Drought, taken part in Clean-Up Australia Day & Rise & Shine initiatives, and assistance to bushfire victims who lost property during Black Christmas.”
More recently the club has instigated several key initiatives including the welcome sign at Temple Rd, the Community sign on Parkes St, the coalminer statue at the post office and the complete replanting and beautification of the town centre.
“We tend not to blow our own trumpet and often wear the tag of the world’s best-kept secret, but when push comes to shove, you can guarantee that there are Lions there, quietly doing some of the most humanitarian things possible.”