Roaring in to action every month, the Garstang Lions aim “to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs”.
The Volunteers get involved in a range of activities to serve their community, from improving the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding the elderly and disabled.
The Lions International was founded in 1917 and Garstang joined the ranks in 1971. The Garstang Lions are part of the world’s largest service club organisation and one of 45 000 Lions Clubs world wide .
Together The Lions International has raised the of equivalent of almost £300m for the blind since 1990 and a further four million for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Locally the club sets out to save the lives of its own community and launched the ‘Message in a Bottle’ scheme, a simple idea that could save the lives of many.
The scheme encourages people to keep their basic personal and medical details on a form and put them inside a bottle kept in one of the most common house hold areas – the fridge!
Emergency services have been informed about the scheme which could save valuable time when entering a property under emergency circumstances. Emergency teams will know exactly where to go and what to look for.
Although it is focused on the more vulnerable members of the community, the scheme can benefit everyone. It helps identify who you are and if you have any special medication or allergies.
This scheme is a potential life saver that provides peace of mind knowing they will receive prompt medical treatment.
The special bottles can be collected from your local GP, pharmacy or from the Lions Club themselves.
The Lions fund the scheme so the bottles are free to the public.
Every year The Lions organise parking and manning the entrance at popular local events such as the Garstang and District Agricultural and Horticultural Show where more than 15 000 people attend on the day .
They also annual Darts Dash fundraiser and annual Easter egg hunt to raise money for their various projects.
This year the Garstang Lions will be supporting the Garstang Children’s Festival again which will be held on Spring bank holiday May 27.
If you want to get involved with The Lions you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01995 604 549 and leave a message.