In celebration of the 50th birthday of Hornsea Lions Club, an East Yorkshire seaside town has erected a bandstand. The bandstand has been undergoing construction for the past three years and cost a total of £50,000. The bandstand is located in Memorial Gardens inside the town.
Those behind the construction of the bandstand worked with several groups to help raise the money. Both the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Withernwick Wind Farm Community Fund helped to raise the money for the construction. Money from the Lions’ shop was also used. At the inaugural concert, the Beverly Brass Band is expected to perform along with violinist Kate Chruscicka.
There are other concerts that are scheduled to take place over the summer. These will be funded by Big Lottery Fund’s grant.
The Lions Clubs International is a community organization that has more than 1.4 million members in more than 200 countries. The organization was launched in 1917 by Melvin Jones and since that time has been working in various capacities to raise money for different worthy causes. The funds come from the general public and are only used for charitable purposes. The money for administrative costs is raised separately by the members of the organization. Part of the money that is raised from the public is usually set aside for projects that will directly benefit the local community in which the club is based.
The Lions Clubs International is particularly well known for its efforts to eradicate blindness and has assisted by providing equipment to hospitals and clinics, carrying out vision screenings, raising community awareness of eye diseases and helping to distribute medicine. This is done through their SightFirst Program. The club is also known for the work that they do with young people throughout the world. Many of their community projects have helped to support children and schools in various localities. The club has provided scholarships, mentoring and facilities for recreation facilities.
The Lions Clubs International has also helped various communities that have been affected by natural disasters. The club and foundation assists by providing urgent supplies such as water, food, medical supplies and clothing. The club also helps with the long-term construction that is necessary in many of these disaster stricken areas.
The Hornsea Lions Club is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and at this year’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, three club members will receive the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the highest honour conferred to club members.