Lions celebrate year of fund raising

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RYE Lions and friends enjoyed a barbecue in the riverside garden of Reg and Chris Emson in Rye.

At the event, Lion Conrad Freezer presented immediate past President Terry Cobby with a book of the media coverage of Rye Lions during his presidential year.

The coverage included 232 items that have been in various newspapers, magazines, newsletters, websites and radio broadcasts, totalling 139 A4 pages.

In Terry’s year of presidency, the Lions donated another record total of £13,024 to many charities and appeals. Conrad said: “The Lions are often asked where this money goes and last year 75% was donated locally, 18% to national charities and 7% to international appeals. These included, various hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support, Help for Heroes, the Oliver Curd Trust and Rye Scouts.

“Our next big event is the Annual Rye Raft Race and Fete on Sunday August 5 with the Fete opening at noon and the Raft Race starting at 2pm.

“For the second year running, the Lions have a full house of stalls and rides on The Salts with over 50 spaces reserved and again have had to turn away some late inquiries.

“There is still room for a few more rafts and entry packs can be obtained by ringing Bob Harvey on 01424 751059. Both the Fete and the Raft Race have free entry and the Fete will have live music, a barbecue, beer tent, ice-creams, bouncy castle, children’s go-carts and many other stalls.”