Lions Club of Ocean Reef donates park bench to honour 100 years of Lions service


Ocean Reef Lions Club members John Miro, Peter Barker, Sue Barker, Julie Blaker, Laurel Miro (president), Dell Blanch, Mike Coventry and Liz Coventry. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Ocean Reef Lions Club members John Miro, Peter Barker, Sue Barker, Julie Blaker, Laurel Miro (president), Dell Blanch, Mike Coventry and Liz Coventry. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A BENCH has been installed at Sir James McCusker Park in Iluka as part of a legacy project.

The Lions Club of Ocean Reef donated the park bench to commemorate the Lions Club International’s 100 years of service.

“We called for community submissions last year for ideas on providing a lasting gift that would benefit our local community for years to come,” president Laurel Miro said.

“We received 11 suggestions and decided a park bench elevated to overlook the children’s playground would be a wonderful resting place for park users.

“The suggestion came from the Iluka Homeowners Association who kindly offered to donate a second bench at the same location and helped co-ordinate the installation with the help of the City of Joondalup.

“As small as a park bench is in our community park, it is a lovely reminder of the wonderful service Lions members across the globe have provided in our 100 years.”

Mrs Miro it was “a privilege to be a Lions member”.

“The Lions Club of Ocean Reef was chartered in 1992 and in the last 25 years, our members have had great pleasure in volunteering substantial time and donated funds in excess of $300,000,” she said.

“Since July last year, our 11 members have contributed 882 hours to community service and donated $12,845, proving even a small few can make a difference in your community while enjoying friendship and likeminded people.”

Last year, Lions Australia, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, launched its Community 100 centennial project, with 100 Lions clubs around the country donating $1000 grants to community organisations to support areas including youth, hunger and environment.

Internationally, Lions has set a goal of serving 200 million people by 2021, tripling its current humanitarian impact.

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