Connecting with Sri Lanka

ON Boxing Bay 2004, an earthquake beneath the Indian Ocean generated a tsunami that devastated 14 countries.

Among those was Sri Lanka, where the city of Galle on the southern coast was badly damaged.

In an effort to extend a helping hand to Galle’s local Lions Club – which was working hard to help its community – the Lions Club of Clarence joined one other Lions Club from Australia in postponing a holiday to Sri Lanka to provide financial assistance.

Since then, the Lions Club of Clarence has helped to provide shoes to the disadvantaged children in Galle.

Lions Club of Clarence member Stephen Smith said the two clubs had now agreed to work together.

“This will see us support each other as best we can to help those in desperate need in their communities,” he said.

On 26 June, a formal agreement was completed when the Lions Club of Clarence president Peter Goldstone-James signed a twinning agreement with the Lions Club of Galle.

The historic event was witnessed by Tamara Ward and Rohini Peries from the local Sri Lankan community.

“Clarence Lions hope to further develop ties with Sri Lanka through the local Sri Lankan community,” Mr Smith said.

“Terry Mather OAM, is traveling to Sri Lanka in August and will hand deliver the completed agreement to the Lions Club of Galle.”

Mr Smith said Lions Clubs International were in more than 200 countries worldwide.

“Members of Lions are more diverse in race, culture and religion than you can imagine,” he said.

“However, they all share one thing – a passion for service and helping their community.”

Caption: From left, Peter Goldstone-James, Terry Mather, Rohini Peries and Tamara Ward.