A story that featured in last week's Mourne Observer had a double happy happy ending. As part of the monthly monitoring of defibrillators, Newcastle Lions identified that the Maghera Inn defibrillator needed repaired. On Monday, Newcastle Lions Club were pleased to install a new replacement defibrillator at the Maghera Inn. This has now been registered as available for emergency use. Prior to installing the replacement, Newcastle Lion Dan O'Reilly while collecting the temporary device was pleased to receive a donation of £100.00 from Matthew McKenna, Managing director of the Maghera Inn for the Lions defibrillator maintenance fund. This will be added to donations received on the 12th of June when the Newcastle Lions club have their street collection. If you are unable to donate on the day you can also donate by visiting the lions web site at lionsnewcastlecodown.org and clicking on the donate indicator
In other news, in spite of difficulties in raising funds, Lions throughout Ireland have now donated an incredible $50,000 to The District 133 India Appeal . Both euro and sterling donations from Lion clubs have now been exchanged for dollars and this has been forwarded to Lions Clubs International Fund. to support the supply of oxygen and medical supplies to the rural areas of India. This fund will increase significantly when donations from other Lion Clubs throughout the world is then added to The support of Lions Clubs in Ireland and all over the world, through the Lions Foundation will help to address the challenges in rural India during the Pandemic."
Photograph caption: Newcastle Lions Dan O'Reilly receives a donation of £100.00 from Matthew McKenna, Managing director of the Maghera Inn for the Lions defibrillator maintenance fund.