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Tsawwassen Lions big supporters of KinVillage

Local service club has also helped SDSS, sports groups and lends a hand for special community events

Providing service to the community is the overall goal of the Tsawwassen Lions Club and this is illustrated by the club's support for KinVillage.

"It is incredible what they have done for us," said John Lusted, director of recreation for KinVillage.

Included in the projects and donations to KinVillage are two high definition TVs for the care home, a patio set so residents of the care home can enjoy a visit with friends and family outside and a large canopy to shade residents from the weather, sun or rain, when they are enjoying being outdoors.

"The canopy was a large project," said Lusted, adding the canopy had to be lifted over the top of the building for installation.

Brad Gaze, treasurer of the Tsawwassen Lions, said there are about 38 members of the club that pitch in to do whatever needs to be done to ensure community projects are successful.

He related the story of planting flowers at the front of KinVillage: "I recruited some workers, telling them it was just a bit of digging and planting. But I hadn't realized the ground had not been worked and it was like cement. Not an easy job for us old guys."

However, Gaze emphasized they had a lot of fun with the job and that the most important thing about community service is enjoying what you do.

Volunteering is a "social thing," he said, and it is a good way to meet people.

In addition to helping KinVillage, the club also takes on many other projects such as providing funds and practical support to South Delta Secondary in building an apiary, working with sports groups and special community events.

"We do a lots of food events, such as hot dogs on Canada Day, and we rely on the donations at these events to support our projects," said Gaze. "The people of Tsawwassen are extremely generous and the club is thankful for their contributions."

Another successful ongoing fundraiser is the Sunday car lot sale.

"We are always looking for ways in which we can help the community and we are happy to take on big projects," said Gaze.

The Lions Club is an international organization that has been in operation for about 85 years. The Tsawwassen club meets twice a month and is open to both men and women.