Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (17:52:25): I salute the tenacity of members of the Lions Club of Maitland for organising and hosting this year's N3 District Convention in November. The N3 District covers the New South Wales Central Coast, the Hunter region and surrounding areas.

Our Lions N3 District supports a range of activities including the Youth of the Year Quest, the Lions Australia Diabetes Foundation and the Big Red Kidney Bus. This help is vital, so we need to ensure we help them to continue this work through donations and other support. Pre-COV1D, the Big Red Kidney Bus made it possible for people on haemodialysis to enjoy a holiday.

I hope this much-loved service and those who rely on it to take a break are able to resume travels in 2021. This year the N3 District Convention attendees will be severely restricted due to COVID-safe practices but they will continue undeterred.

I thank members of the Lions Club of Maitland for stepping up to the challenge and for searching for new ways to continue their good work in spite of the obstacles that now exist. Our community is eternally grateful.