Wanaka and Districts Lions Club has had another very successful year both with financial assistance of the community and “the enjoyment and fellowship our members get from raising funds for this work,” said Wanaka and Districts Lions Club secretary, Steve Richmond.
The latest benefactor is the Hawea Fire Brigade, who, with the donation of $2000, have been able to purchase an Iridium GO! satellite phone. There are many places in this district where there is no cell phone or radio coverage and this will allow them to contact Firecom and other emergency services when working in areas such as State Highway 6, the road to Haast.
Richmond said, “We have been a little restricted with the amount of money we have been able to return to the community this year because of the need to replace our BBQ trailer. Although the final spend on this project amounted to more than $30,000, we were still able to donate more than $12,000 to worthy causes in the community.”