COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Light the Night Leukaemia Fundraiser

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I thank the West Maitland Centennial Lions Club and in particular the dynamic husband and wife team of Graham and Lyn Dark for their recent Light the Night fundraiser in support of the Leukaemia Foundation.

Public health orders governing all manner of events, including traditional fundraising activities, have put a spanner in the works this past year. This has placed added pressure on charitable organisations that rely on donations to continue their important work. Graham and Lyn found a way to raise funds without breaching COVID restrictions.

On October 10 they set up two tables at Telarah Bowling Club. Between 11am and 7pm they sold raffle tickets and collected donations, some of which had been raised by community members holding their own COVIDSafe fundraisers. Throughout the day the club used its Public Address system to notify patrons about the Light the Night fundraiser.

As a result, West Maitland Centennial Lions Club raised $1,500 to help fund the Leukaemia Foundation's vital research. I am a proud member of the West Maitland Centennial Lions and I congratulate my fellow Lions, especially Lyn and Graham, on this achievement.