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10 May, 2023

Toowoomba West Lions ‘Share the Warmth’

As demand from those struggling has tripled over the last year, the Toowoomba West Lions Club has answered the call from Lifeline to provide assistance as winter approaches.


At the presentation, from left, Toowoomba West Lions President Cheryl Orton and Lions David Orton and Robyn Bishop.

In late April, the Toowoomba West Lions Club was approached by a Lifeline representative to see if it would again support the “Share the Warmth” Winter Appeal. 

The Club had previously supported the appeal in past years and the invitation was extended to again provide support.  

After discussion with Club President, Cheryl Orton, the Lions confirmed that the Club would again support the appeal.  

Project Chairman Lion Merv Symons organised purchase of blankets, beanies, and non-perishable items for presentation to Lifeline.

Last Thursday, 4 May, Club representatives attended Lifeline’s Head Office at 33 Russell Street Toowoomba for the launch of the annual “Share the Warmth” Winter Appeal. 

Lifeline Darling Downs & South West Qld Acting CEO Rachelle Patterson said that compared to 12 months ago,
the demand for services has tripled with people seeking assistance with food, clothing, financial support, and emotional support. 

“(The) Club’s donation of over 40 Blankets. 20 beanies and non-perishable items will assist Lifeline to provide this vital support to those families in need,” Ms Patterson said.

“The support of Lions Club of Toowoomba West is truly appreciated as the weather was turning cold and the demand for warm items was increasing.”

Project Chairman, Lion Merv Symons said Lions Club of Toowoomba West Inc. is privileged to have been able to support the appeal and has put the challenge out there for other clubs and organisations to assist Lifeline with donations to help those less fortunate than ourselves.” 

“These donated items have provided much need resources to service those in need and support the Lions Motto ‘We Serve’,” Mr Symons said.

All donations received will be used to help provide staples to local people including food, warm clothing and blankets to those who are struggling.

For more information about Lifeline’s Share the Warmth 2023 Appeal, and to donate or fundraise, visit here.

On the same webpage, Lifeline has made available ten tips to save money, stay healthy and keep warm this winter.


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