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East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn’t get more members soon, it will have to close.

Club President Dawn Sword says the club has made a big difference to many lives over the decades, and this would not have been possible without the incredible dedication from Lions volunteers and support from the local community.

She told The Echo that the Lions thank everyone for their support. ‘Lions volunteers would also like to thank the community for the opportunity,’ she said. ‘Whilst they have provided vital help to people in need, they have found new friends, connected with their community and learnt new skills.’

Crunch coming at end of financial year

President Dawn Sword says the East Ballina Lions Club has now reached a tipping point.

‘The club cannot continue past the end of this financial year if we don’t recruit more members,’ she said. ‘Last year the club sadly had four members pass away, and already six current members have been hospitalised.’

Ms Sword emphasised that the club is in a very strong financial position, with many varied projects that members can become involved in, but because of the depleted membership numbers and health concerns, the club can’t continue to operate the Ballina Community Markets without help, and other services will also disappear without new support.

Now East Ballina Lions are asking members of the community to consider joining the club. If you aren’t in a position to join yourself, do you have a friend or relative who would benefit from joining the Lions?

‘With busy lives, we know it can be hard to find time to volunteer,’ said Dawn Sword. ‘However, the Lions are asking for help and asking everyone to consider their request for volunteers. Members are only asked do what they can, and when they can, to help with club projects.’

If you are able to assist, or would like to learn more about the Lions, please contact the East Ballina Lions Club President on 0466 717 435.

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