Moss Vale Lions in need of more volunteers

Moss Vale Lions members Jan Reeves, Charles Kennaway, May Kennaway and Marion Peisley at their weekly barbecue outside Gubbins hardware store in Moss Vale. Photo: Charli Shield.
Moss Vale Lions members Jan Reeves, Charles Kennaway, May Kennaway and Marion Peisley at their weekly barbecue outside Gubbins hardware store in Moss Vale. Photo: Charli Shield.

The Moss Vale Lions community group need more hands on deck. 

They are struggling to meet demand and raise funds for people in need in the community. 

Each week, the Moss Vale Lions Club group hold a barbecue on Saturday outside Gubbins hardware store to raise funds for their local projects. 

On occasion, they are also asked by the council to provide barbecues at other community events. 

Member Charles Kennaway, who was part of the Cambridge Park Lions Club in Sydney for many years before moving south, said the club raise an average of $200-$300 each weekend. 

But now that their volunteer base has dwindled, they are not able to hold more than one barbecue at a time and volunteers are stretched. 

“We have been asked by the council to do a barbecue for a tree planting on a Saturday, but we don’t have enough volunteers to do it as well as the barbecue at Gubbins, so we will lose out on the opportunity to raise more money,” said Mr Kennaway.

Mr Kennaway said people in the community can volunteer to help the club on occasion without committing as a member. 

“If people don’t want to join the club they can just become a friend and help out at a barbecue on a weekend,” he said. 

In the past, the Moss Vale Lions Club has donated funds raised to the Tangara Special School, the mobile Blood Bank, the Senior Citizens Club, the NSW Air Ambulance, the Donkin Memorial Nursery School, and the Save Sight Foundation.