Last month I wrote that the presentation at the Blood Bikers had been moved. So now I am pleased to report that it has now taken place. Three of us went down to Eastleigh to join their meeting in order to formally present the Milk Boxes we were able to to fund from your donations. As well as making life saving deliveries of blood, these volunteers also deliver human milk. This is essential for premature babies. So they make collections from donors, then deliver the milk to hospitals with premature babies facilities. This saves the hospitals the cost of taxi fares, which was the old method of collection. Hats off to the Blood Bikers what a great service they provide, saving and sustaining lives.

This month sees Lions worldwide making extra efforts as part of World Sight Day. Across the world Lions Clubs run clinics and collect unwanted spectacles to be recycled for those in need of glasses. Here in your area you will find collection bins in Surgeries, Opticians and Libraries. If you have reading glasses you no longer need, then please donate them, we will make good use of them.

This month on October 8, we shall be at Blackmoor Apple Tasting Day, so if you come along, then please say hello, there will be lots of Lions there. The donations we receive will go a long way to helping us provide for those in need in our area.

This month our thoughts turn towards planning for Christmas collections and appeals. Christmas already looming, where does the year go?

Lastly this month sees Woolmer Forest Lions Club celebrate the founding of our club. This year marks the 43rd year of our foundation. We are not only celebrating our birthday but I am pleased to announce we have been awarded Charitable Status as a club, and thus are recognised as a true Charity.

Hope to see you at the Apple Tasting Event on Sunday 8th at Blackmoor.

Lion President Tony