Changing hands: Casino Lions Club member Dennis Frank hands the gavel and gong to president-elect Howard Gant at the Killarney Lions Club changeover on Saturday.
Changing hands: Casino Lions Club member Dennis Frank hands the gavel and gong to president-elect Howard Gant at the Killarney Lions Club changeover on Saturday.

Lions raise money for CareFlight

THE Killarney Lions Club held its 26th annual changeover on Saturday night with Howard Gant installed as president for the 2010-2011 year.

Howard was installed to his position along with the new board by past member Dennis Frank, now with the Casino Lions Club.

In presenting his report, Ray Bodley thanked all members for their time during the past year.

He also gave a big thank you to the members' partners, who were always there to lend a hand.

During the year the club helped out at the Killarney Memorial Aged Care Winter in Killarney, catered for the Variety Bash Shake Down Rally, ran the Killarney Daffodil Day Breakfast, catered for the rugby league grand final, Melbourne Cup Calcutta, Lions Grocery Grab, Christmas in the Park, Christmas Lights, Australia Day Breakfast and Award and Waddle and Saddle and made donations of close to $8000.

Mr Bodley said the club was pleased to have installed a new gas barbecue in the Pat Bush Bi-Centennial Park which had been getting plenty of use.

This project was completed with the assistance of the Southern Downs Regional Council.

The major fundraising event of the year was the Mick Bradford Heavy Horse Day at Yangan, with proceeds going to the RACQ CareFlight Rescue Helicopter.

President Ray was pleased to hand over a cheque for $4000 to Phil Buddle, who was representing the RACQ CareFlight.

Mr Buddle said he became a member of the CareFlight Rescue Club after being transported to Brisbane last July after suffering a heart attack.

“Attending functions like this tonight on behalf of RACQ CareFlight is a way I can thank people like yourself who raise funds for the CareFlight Rescue,” he said.

“If it was not for the CareFlight I may not be here today.”

Mr Buddle said the RACQ CareFlight moved about 300 people each year at a cost of about $10,000 per flight.



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