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The October Meeting Newsletter

1066 Way to Battle Race may be the biggest event the Battle Lions have been involved in running, its only days away, and they may be stretched to their limits, but there is no way they are losing touch with their day to day Lionism.

Monday evening saw them all at their monthly meeting, with the Race well down the agenda. The recently run Go-Kart Challenge was discussed, photographs viewed of the event, and their Treasurer Mark Standen confirmed a profit of £520 had been made. This is now being sent to the Lions International Blood Research Appeal at Kings College Hospital to facilitate the lifesaving research they undertake. The Battle Lions have been supporting this appeal for many years with this annual event, and they confirmed at the meeting they will be again next year (when their Treasurer swears the team he personally races in will not be in the second place!). The Lions would like to thank all those entrants, supporters and audience for the support they gave again.

The Lions are particularly concious of the disaster which the recent hurricane has caused in the Caribbean, and Haiti in particular, They are still funding the hospital, school and village reconstructions from that caused several years ago to this poverty stricken country. As part of their support for the provision of clean/potable drinking water to reduce the incidence of cholera, which is killing many of the people in the area affected, they agreed an immediate donation of £500 toward the provision of clean water through the Lions International System for the provision of Emergency Water Purification Equipment, which disaster relief is already hitting the ground where it is needed.

Whilst the Lions support international commitments, their commitment to spend money raised locally in the community for the community’s benefit came to the fore with a unanimous and rapidly approved appeal for money to provide, through the charity Friends of Freya, emergency wash bags with appropriate contents for use in the Maternity and Neo-Natal units at the Conquest Hospital by parents who ,when rushed to hospital with their children when     emergency strikes, find themselves at the hospital unexpectedly without the necessities of life. The Lions increased the sum requested to £120 to enable some small treats to be included in each of the bags.
Then it was on to the last arrangements for the 1066 Race to Battle, and the start of the planning and debate on where to donate the monies raised!

The Battle and Villages Lions Club needs your support to continue it service to the community, and its support of local good causes, charities and the many local and international causes the Club supports on your behalf.  Why not join us and help the community at the same time that you enjoy yourself! We have a whale of a time!! Come and meet us on the first Monday of each month at 8pm at The Royal Oak Public House at Whatlington. 

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