Dig deep to help stricken islanders, urges Lions club

Damage to houses in Port Vila, Vanuatu is seen from the air in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam Monday, March 16, 2015
Damage to houses in Port Vila, Vanuatu is seen from the air in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam Monday, March 16, 2015

In 2012 when Todmorden was flooded, within a few days, Todmorden Lions received a grant of $10,000 from LCIF the grant giving arm of Lions Clubs International.

And money paid to Lions Clubs - it’s a worldwide organisation - all goes directly to help those in need, said Lion Rod Wainwright, who is urging people to support the appeal.

Every penny of a grant goes directly to where it is needed

Rod Wainwright, Todmorden Lions

“The grant was paid directly to Todmorden Lions Club and there were no middle men, no kickbacks and no administration costs or salaries to be paid,”

“That is how Lions and LCIF operate. Every penny of a grant goes directly to where it is needed.

“This week we have seen the tragedy in the Pacific Ocean for Vanuatu. Lions were, as in nearly all disasters, the first organisation to react through Lions Clubs already existing in the country. Grants have already been made available. This is the strength of being part of the largest service club in the world, with thousands of clubs in every part of the world.”

The fund from which the grants are made are topped up by donations from Lions Clubs around the world and Todmorden Lions Club has this week made a donation to LCIF of £500, said Rod.

“Normally we like to emphasise that the money we raise in Todmorden is spent in Todmorden. This may not seem to be the case on this occasion.

“However, remember the grant from 2012 and add to it the several thousand pounds donated at the time to Todmorden by other Lions Clubs in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Overall we receive more than we send out.

“If anyone would like to donate towards this disaster they can do so via the Lions’ account at the TSB bank in Todmorden. As mentioned above they can be sure that every penny donated will go directly to where it is needed.”