New recipe for Portlaoise Lions Club food appeal a success.
Last December Portlaoise Lions Club launched a new project which evolved from the traditional Lions Club Food Appeal.
They sought sponsorship from local individuals and businesses with the money raised going to deserving families in Portlaoise and its general hinterland.
Raising about €12,000 the project has been very successful in its first year in operation and it is planned to build further on this model in the years ahead. Families are supported through the provision of Food Vouchers which can be used in selected local stores.
PJ O'Gorman was among those local Lions involved.
“All the money raised is distributed to families in need and sponsors can feel secure in the knowledge that their generosity makes a significant difference to some deserving local family,” he said.
The money raised helped the club to provide food vouchers to deserving families in Portlaoise, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Stradbally and surrounding hinterlands.
Portlaoise Lions Club is part of Lions International, the largest service organisation, with 1.4 million members in 192 countries.
There are 114 Lions Clubs in Ireland with circa 2,850 members. The district encompasses all Ireland, North and South.
Mr O'Gorman said the Lions motto is “We Serve” and Portlaoise Lions Club organise a number of projects aimed at supporting the disadvantaged and those in need.
He said the club's success over the years is due to the support of local businesses and community helping and donating.