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Barely one week since receiving his chain of office Newcastle Lions  President  John  McDonagh, was pleased to join with other members of the club, in taking delivery of numerous spectacles  from  Northern Ireland  Resource Network Centre manager  Helen  Tomb.

These spectacles will be despatched to Lions  Medico  France ,where they will  then be sent all over the world to help people in need. The  Newcastle Lions  Club have found NIRN a great organisation to work with as it has helped the club with their recycle ,reuse policy also it has sign posted the club to grants that are available and through networking with other NIRN members this has helped promote the work of Lions. 

Newcastle Lions are the only Lion members of  NIRN and are encouraging other  Lion  Clubs to join them. The vision of  NIRN is to promote sustainable reuse and repair,  NIRN is the representative body for reuse and repair organisations. Their aim is to promote sustainable reuse and repair as a practical and effective way of tackling Northern Ireland’s waste generation and develop opportunities in the Circular Economy. Other members include every council in  Northern  Ireland alongside Habitat for  Humanity, Friends of the Earth and Hope 365  Ethiopia. 


Newcastle Lions  members including new President  John McDonagh accept a donation of spectacles from  Helen  Tomb NIRN Centre  Manager (Helen at end holding box of glasses).




 

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Newcastle Lions recently held their end of year picnic for members, family and friends in Castlewellan Park. Although the weather was inclement all enjoyed the delicious food and camaraderie. During the event outgoing President Liz Murphy passed over the presidential chain to incoming President John McDonagh. John has been a member of the local club for the past 12 years and is really looking forward to his term of oce and continuing the great work of past holders of the role. The lions also donned their new hats which should make an appearance at the Daisy Dander Charity event on Saturday 28th September 2024 which involves a short walk from the Cone of Light to the White Bridge to raise awareness of Childrens Cancer Month.


Details of this event later.


Retiring President Liz Murphy passes on the Chain of oce to new President John McDonagh




Group of Lions, family and friends enjoying the picnic



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The last week of term was a busy one for Shimna College students and staff as they partnered with the Newcastle Lions club in a great Environment Project. Students from years 8-11 marked World Environment Day with 3 days of volunteering work as they went green with the Lions engaging in beach and park cleans ensuring that Donard Park, Castle Park and the foreshore were cleaned for summer visitors. In addition, one group helped clean and prepare spectacles for dispatch to France, where they are inspected and graded before being sent to other countries in need.

The students really engaged with great enthusiasm and have made a real difference to our local community and beyond. Ben Ryan from “Keep NI Beautiful” helped by providing some equipment and our yellow high vis jackets adorned with the tag line" live here - love here" were very popular.

Newcastle Lions would like to thank all the students and staff who took part for their fantastic support and we look forward to developing this partnership further with Shimna College.





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