It was not always easy, or practical, to secure a wheelchair-accessible vehicle from Clare when needed so the members of the Lions Club of Gilbert Valley made it a project to raise money so that one could be bought for the use of residents of the Gilbert Valley.
This was achieved when the new vehicle was handed over to the Gilbert Valley Senior Citizens Home, for use by Gilbert Valley residents who are dependent on wheelchairs or walkers to get to appointments and other occasions.
A total of over $67,000 was raised from the Gilbert Valley Lions Club, the Gilbert Valley Senior Citizens Homes, the state government through a grant and donations from individuals. The Gilbert Valley Country Women’s Association helped by serving afternoon tea at the hand-over.
This was done on the lawns at the GVSC Homes in Riverton when Greg McLeod, President of the GV Lions Club, and Independent Member for Frome Geoff Brock, handed the keys to Ian Rowett, Chairman of the GVSC Homes Board.
The vehicle will be housed at the homes who will also take bookings for its use. Bookings can be made by phoning 8847 2307.
Volunteer drivers will also be needed, and inquiries may be made at the same number.
One of the first projects undertaken by the Lions Club of Gilbert Valley, after it was chartered in 1969, was to raise funds for the purchase of an ambulance for the Gilbert Valley.
This was successfully completed and the ambulance (or one of its successors) is also based in Riverton at a Special Ambulance Station.
At the ceremony, president Greg McLeod, said that the Lions club would appreciate inquiries from men and women 18 years of age and over, who may be interested in joining this world-wide service organisation whose sole aim is to assist those who are not as fortunate as themselves.
In its centenary year, the Lions International Foundation has contributed more than $US1 billion toward human disasters and calamities around the world. The club may contacted through Greg on 0401 944 372 or Helen on 8849 2215.