Naas Lions Club celebrates its 40th birthday this year having been founded in 1978. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, former and present club members are hosting a special Charter Dinner in Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas on Saturday 23 June. Guests are welcome to attend but note, already tickets are in demand so please contact now if you’d like to attend. Guest speaker on the night will be Fr Peter McVerry.
Lion’s members, men and women, improve the quality of life in their own communities by supporting organisations and institutions which provide services and facilities to those who need it most. Since 1978, Naas Lions Club has supported many local charitable causes and groups.
The club has been very active in its support of Naas Hospital, contributing over the years to the provision of heart monitors and stress management facilities. The first president of Naas Lions Club was Dr Michael Waldron, a tireless worker on behalf of the hospital. Among other organisations to benefit from Naas LC fundraising are Naas and Sallins branches of St Vincent de Paul, Kildare Suicide Bereavement Support, St Brigid’s Hospice on the Curragh, KARE, McAuley Place Residents and Naas Care of the Aged Centre. Naas LC are proud of their long association with the Care of the Aged Centre, and host a traditional Christmas party each year.
Club President, Mr Cyriel Varwijk said: “Our involvement with this Centre and the people who use it is very important to our club. We see the enjoyment and pleasure that our Christmas party gives to our senior citizens. During this current club year local organisations and others will benefit to the tune of €50,000 in donations, with our fundraising events to date having raised a total of €1.7m. Our events are very well supported and we are very grateful to the local community and business people for their ongoing support. Our motto is ‘We Serve’. We have no administrative overheads, all our work is voluntary, so people can be assured that every cent we collect benefits local people who are in need”.
While the main focus of Naas Lions Club is on the local community there is also a major international dimension. The club is affiliated to the International Association of Lions Clubs, which has over 46,000 clubs in 219 countries across the world and over 1.4m members, who support disaster relief, drug abuse prevention, sight preservation, health awareness programmes and a number of youth initiatives.
Tickets cost €50 each and sold on a “first come, first served” basis. Contact Noel Herlihy at 086-825 7373, Dr John Kehoe at 086-843 7017 or Tom Keightley at 087-226 4133. Note, it is Black Tie, Prosecco Reception at 7.15pm; dinner at 8pm (Four Course Meal with Wine). At Lawlor’s of Naas on Saturday, June 22.
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