Kiama service club news

KIAMA LIONS CLUB

Last week a team of nine Lions hosted a lunch for local Visually Impaired Persons (VIPs). This we do annually and have done for many years. This year 43 VIPs came with their Carers and had a very pleasant lunch at the CWA hall.

Our next meeting (November 14) will be at the Surf Club for one of our Happy Hours; we tend to do this on months when there are five Thursdays. It is always a great occasion and because we have a lot of new members it is an opportunity for them and their partners to meet other Lions and their partners.

A large team of 13 Lions worked at Kembla Grange during the Melbourne Cup meeting last week; we help to clean up and ensure there are no broken glasses. There is a special Race Day on the 23rd there when they will have a Race called "The Gong" for which the prize money will be $1 million and there will be no other racing in NSW that day. We will be working there as well.

Our second meeting during November will be on the 28th and it will be held at Jamberoo Pub. It will also be the annual DG visit and we expect to induct three new members at the same function.

KIAMA ROTARY CLUB

Local Kiama residents formed the "Parkinson's Support Group - Kiama" in April 2018; this dedicated group of people include those living with Parkinson's; their carers and friends.

Lesley Errington, (M:0416 219 364) the group's co-ordinator, outlined what the group is all about, "As a group, our priorities are peer support and the sharing of practical information; we also equip our members with information about what to do, when they must go to a hospital, as well as information about their medications."

Other than timely and accurate medication intake, exercise is the next most important strategy in slowing the disease's progress.

Knowing this, the Rotary Clubs of Gerringong and Kiama entered into discussions with the Support Group, and both Clubs decided that part-funding of an exercise program, for people not currently participating in any structured exercise, was the most practical way Rotary could assist.

This exercise program is underway, and the exercise physiologists who are running the program are reporting excellent results.

Also, we have already assisted the group with their "Parkinson's Unity Walk" by conducting a barbecue, and we have now chosen The Parkinson's Support Group - Kiama as one of the beneficiaries of proceeds from our Kiama Auto Expo raffle of a new MG ZS 1.5 litre Automatic Sedan.

So if you see us selling raffle tickets, why don't you buy one and join us in support of this worthy group of Kiama residents? Alternatively, phone M: 0432 370 969 and buy one over the phone. You'll make a difference, locally!