Lions club members are ordinary people who have decided
they want to do something for their community. The Ross-on-Wye
Lions club is no different and at present is made up of
22 men who volunteer to do their best to help the needy,
elderly, physically disadvantaged and the young to have
a better quality of life.
raise the necessary funds various events are organized such
as; the Lions Bonfire Night, the Charity Race night, held
at the Chase Hotel on the evening of the Cheltenham Gold
Cup, participation in the Ross Carnival which includes the
well known Lions Duck Race, quizzes, dances and sponsored
walks, to name the main events. The bandstand, which the
Ross Lions provided for the town, is now completed and the
Town Council is arranging a program of concerts for each
spring and Summer Season.
beneficiaries of the Ross Lions fund raising activities
over the past few months are many but include: £1000 to
the Ross Multiple Sclerosis Support Group, £1000 to the
Air Ambulance, £1000 to the Ross Community Hospital, £200
to sponsor two young ladies raising funds for 'Sight Savers',
£500 to the Basement Youth Trust, £260 to buy equipment
for the Walford Scouts, the Aztec Cubs sponsored to go on
a visit to the Gloucester Climbing Centre, £200 to the Ross
Pre School Playgroup, £150 for Cancer Research, £600 for
Christmas Vouchers for the needy of Ross and District, plus
many others who get aid such as the purchase of a new fridge,
bought for an elderly, infirm couple on hard times and a
97 year old man who received help to obtain a 'care line'.
well as the above the Lions pay for and help out at the
Christmas Lunch for the lonely elderly and deliver library
books to the housebound. They also sponsored a concert on
the new bandstand, gave a donation to a Lions organization
which provides an annual Olympic Type Games for the disabled
and helped start a 'message in a bottle' scheme locally.
In August the Ross Lions hosted a 40 strong group of young
people, who came from countries all over the world, at a
cost of over £1000. This is part of the Lions aim to promote
understanding and co-operation between different peoples
throughout the world.
John Kyrle High School co-operates with and is sponsored
by the Ross Lions Club to take part in the Lions International
Peace Poster Competition in which over 300,000 young people
take part. Internationally the Ross club's contribution
is very small but when added to the funds raised by all
the Lions clubs throughout the world it adds up to a tremendous
Lions Clubs International Foundation collects funds for
world-wide emergencies and disasters. At the time of the
South East Asian Tsunami, Lions were the first people to
do something because of the Lions clubs in those areas.
Following the initial help provided by the LCIF there is
now a program in operation to provide homes, hospitals,
schools and orphanages at a cost of hundreds of millions
of dollars. Millions of dollars are also being spent as
a result of Hurricane Katrina, trying to get the region
back to normality. Anywhere where there has been a natural
disaster, catastrophe or war, Lions are in the forefront
when aid is provided.
this year and for the next two years, Lions International
is raising a further $200m dollars for their Campaign Sight
First, which aims to rid the world of avoidable blindness.
Additionally, the Lions collect used spectacles for use
in the third world countries and your local club are now
despatching their second thousand pairs this year. Unwanted
spectacles can be deposited at the Heritage Centre or Gordon
is not all work for the Lions and efforts are made to maintain
a good social program within the club. Recently they visited
the Ross Heritage Centre to view the display put on by local
writer Tim Ward, held a quiz on the contents of the Centre
and enjoyed a cheese and wine meal. They hold Zone Games,
where the Ross Club recently won the Skittles cup and also
ran a 'ladies challenge skittles evening' which the men
interested in reading more about the activities described
above should visit the Ross Heritage Centre over the next
two weeks, where display boards give a much more detailed
picture of most of the items mentioned here.
Ross Lions club are aiming to increase their membership
to around thirty. Membership is by invitation only and those
interested in joining are recommended to speak to an existing
Lion, ring the Membership Officer, Lion Jim Hamilton on
01600890830 or the Secretary, Lion Bernard Fowkes on 0845
8335786 (charged at local call rates).