Like any other Lions Clubs around the world, we exist primarily to raise funds to help those in need, though we much enjoy our fellowship evenings.
You might see us collecting on behalf of other charities; We also dress up as Santa’s or Snowmen ‘clanking’ our collecting tins outside local supermarkets at Christmas and, maybe, singing carols to help us keep warm.
You may hear of golf competitions, auctions, quizzes, band nights, Pig races, Charity Raffles, celebrations of St. George’s Day or Burns night and a variety of other events. Who says that fund-raising can’t be fun?
Thus, over the years we have helped other local clubs or joined together to run an event. Such an event is Disabled sports day held at the King John school each year in June or July, below is a photo of Lions Val & Lisa running a throwing game on Saturday 15th July 2017.
The club also organises cream teas for old age pensioners … and many other things.
Nationally, we have contributed to many worthwhile causes and, on an international level, made donations to the sufferers of disasters.
We have collected for various charities over the years. We will be making our annual Christmas collections in December!
Some of our members will be dressed as Santas, Snowmen or even Christmas Fairies? *shaking* our collecting buckets outside local supermarkets & public places at Christmas time! The Eastwood Lions club collects for good causes during November & December every year, thanks to everyone who donated in 2016.
*shaking is just a metaphor – our members know we are not allowed to shake our collecting buckets anymore*
Over the years we have raised funds along with Leigh-on-Sea Lions club for &have donated to the following charities:
Avro Centre, Essex Air Ambulance, The Hearing Trust, Southend Taxi Drivers Charity, East Coast Sail Trust, Southend hospital Radio, The Brandon Dewson Fund, Little Havens, Rochford Rayleigh & Castle Point Talking Newspapaper. St. Johns Ambulance, Thameside Radio, Headway Essex, Citizens Advice Bureau, B.U.S.T. , Medic Alert Foundation, Children in Need, Havens Hospices, Southend Hospital, DIAL Basildon, TEEN Essex, Friends of Fun for our Young, Smith Twins Appeal, British Red Cross, Comic relief red nose day, Old peoples Welfare Rochford, Crouch Valley Scout Council, ASPIRE, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lady McFadden Breast Screening, R.S.P.C.A. Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Etc.