Yankalilla Lions Club distributing essential goods to Kangaroo Island

THINKING OF OTHERS: Yankalilla Lions and volunteers in the collection shed where items are sent to Kangaroo Island to assist the bushfire recovery effort.
THINKING OF OTHERS: Yankalilla Lions and volunteers in the collection shed where items are sent to Kangaroo Island to assist the bushfire recovery effort.

In response to the devastation on Kangaroo Island due to the bushfires, Yankalilla Lions Club has acted on a request from Island Care's Catherine Kewley.

Lions president Russell Boxer received a request for assistance in the collection and distribution of essential goods to the Island's bushfire victims.

Without any hesitation club members unanimously agreed to help and support the appeal.

Within a few days through the Lions web site, companies, individuals, organisations, from all parts of South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, donated quality goods, comprising of food, drinks, clothing, linen, toys, tools, generators (more still required) white goods and medical supplies related to people and animals.

Mr Boxer said currently nine consignments have been delivered by way of tandem trailers and trucks, with many more to follow.

"Without the marvelous co-operation from Sea Link, the exercise would have been made extremely difficult," Mr Boxer said.

Sealink authorised Lions' priority ferry bookings, plus free freight.

Yankalilla Lion Graham Buttery acknowledged that they were overwhelmed with the public's response.

"It was not just for the donation of goods, but also to the 43 volunteers from a wide area, as well as Lions members who tirelessly sorted, packed and stacked mountains of donated articles," Mr Buttery said.

"To date fundraising by the club has raised in excess of $5000 in donations, which will go to the to the K I Mayoral appeal. The Yankalilla Show Society kindly offered their pavilion as a collection depot and at the peak of receivables the 15m x 24m shed was close to capacity.

"A special thanks goes to Catherine for her tireless efforts in co-ordinating the distribution of goods on K I."

In excess of $5000 in donations

Graham Buttery

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