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Lion-sized donation to Reach

Service club contributes $50,000 to Ladner development centre project

Reach Child and Youth Development Society was presented with a $50,000 donation from the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club to help build a child development centre in the heart of Ladner.

"We are most grateful for this donation," said Reach executive director Renie D'Aquila. "The Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club's members work hard to make our community a better place. It's heartwarming to know that the Lions are now helping ensure more children with special needs are supported to grow, develop and ultimately become contributing community members."

The Lions are dedicated to assisting children who are experiencing difficulties and have been long-time supporters of Reach through monetary contributions and volunteering at Reach events.

This current donation will be directed towards the project to build a 20,000-square-foot centre in Ladner, providing increased access and more space for Reach's programs and services to grow and better meet the needs of the more than 3,000 children with special needs in the community.

"This donation is more than just a cheque," said Irene Forcier, chair of the Reach Foundation. "It represents another piece of this important building and is bringing us closer to reaching our goal of raising $4 million. Every child receiving service, all their family members and all the children who need service from us in the future are so grateful for this donation."

Reach has been helping children and families for over 50 years, supporting the development of children throughout all stages of childhood.

"We know how important it is for children of all abilities to be able to become active members of their communities and we are very proud to be able to contribute to Reach's campaign," said Steve Dane, president of the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club, "We look forward to working with them over the next four years and beyond."

The Lions have been serving the community of South Delta since 1968.

Donations like this are made possible through various fundraising activities in the community by over 40 volunteer Lions members, such as the car lot at Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall, the plant sale at Sunnyside Nursery, Father's Day pancake breakfast and the Christmas tree chipping at the South Delta Recreation Centre.

For more information about the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club events, visit www.tbblions. ca. For more information on Reach Child and Youth Development Society's project to build a child development centre, visit www.reachdevelopment. org or contact Forcier at 604-946-6622 ext. 385 or at [email protected].