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Lockdown does not stop Lions from helping those in need

CLARENCE Lions Club have not been idle during lockdown, with members still working and helping community groups and the local community.

Unable to hold fundraisers during this time, the Clarence Lions Club helped the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre support the community.

As part of National Neighbourhood House Week, the Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre hosted a celebration lunch with a twist.

Rather than going to the centre for lunch, the lunch came to people’s houses, with Clarence Lions members helping to deliver the meals to the community.

Clarence Lions member Alan Miley and professional bus driver Geoff Curry drove a bus across Clarence delivering meals.

“We’ll go out of our way to try and support groups like Neighbourhood Houses that are having a little bit of trouble,” Clarence Lions Club board of directors member and incoming president Stephen Smith said.

Sixty-two meals were delivered across Clarence, with many getting into the spirit and dressing up.

Michelle Pears also performed as ‘Mrs Bee’ with her ukulele.

Clarence Lions Club also supported Hobart’s homeless community who were doing it extra tough.

Clarence Lions members Christine Tilyard and Christine Miley prepared 20 backpacks full of goodies, such as socks, underwear, toiletries and beanies.

The packs were delivered to the Salvation Army’s Housing Connect project to distribute to those in desperate need of help.

“We really wanted to help people in serious need, and it is something we’ll continue to do even after the pandemic,” Mr Smith said.

“A special thank you to our members who personally donated everything from backpacks to socks and funds to support Hobart’s homeless.”

Clarence Lions Club has also prepared six more packs for homeless women in the Hobart community.

Caption: From left, Warrane Mornington Neighbourhood Centre manager Leanne Doherty, Clarence Lions member Alan Miley, Rose-Anne Hall and Michelle Pears (Mrs Bee).